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The glamour of transvestite fashion is the epitome of 90s style, but the significance of cross-dressing and sex-changing goes much deeper than the annals of fashion. Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to change sex and are actively going about it (sex-changers). This unique and fascinating book transforms an area of study previously dominated by clinical models to look instead at ...
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Male Femaling

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Overview

The glamour of transvestite fashion is the epitome of 90s style, but the significance of cross-dressing and sex-changing goes much deeper than the annals of fashion. Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to change sex and are actively going about it (sex-changers). This unique and fascinating book transforms an area of study previously dominated by clinical models to look instead at cross-dressing and sex-changing as a highly variable social process. Giving precedence to the processual and ermergent nature of much cross-dressing and sex-changing phenomena, the book traces the phased femaling career path of the 'male femaler' from 'beginning femaling' through to 'consolidating femaling'. Based upon seventeen years of fieldwork, life history work, qualitative analysis, archival work and contact with several thousand cross-dressers and sex-changers, the book meticulously and systematically develops a theory of 'male femaling' which has major ramifications for both the field of 'transvestism' and 'transsexualism', and for the analysis of sex and gender more generally. Male-Femaling provides social and cultural theorists with a lively case study for the generation of new theory. Social psychologists and sociologists interested in seeing grounded theory applied to a particular case study will be well rewarded. It will be essential reading for students of gender studies who seek to explore the interrelations between sex, sexuality and gender from the informants' point of view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203426456
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 682 KB

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Prologue 1
1 The Public and Private Faces of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing 11
2 Review of the Literature from the Standpoint of Grounded Theory 25
3 The Social Worlds of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing 33
4 Male Femaling, Masked Awareness Contexts and the Methodology of Grounded Theory 47
5 Beginning Male Femaling 61
6 Fantasying Male Femaling 71
7 Doing Male Femaling 86
8 Constituting Male Femaling 107
9 Consolidating Male Femaling 130
10 Conclusion 163
Notes 167
Bibliography 168
Index 177
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