I D E N T I F I C T I O N
People identify with everything around them,
with their culture, language, family, friends, knowledge.
Our IDENTITY determines what we think and do.
Clothing plays a crucial role in all of this.
Clothing provides information about your culture,
your social status, your gender,
about yourself, how you feel,
how you want to be seen.
Strongest IDENTIFICATION are the gender differences,
male, female, child.
Clothing is fundamental in this
Yet there is an asymmetry
Women can dress like as men,
Men can not dress in as a women.
I wonderd why?
I started with the following question:
Why is a man in women’s clothing called a transvestite,
when a woman can wear whatever men’s clothing she wants?
Where does this contrast come from?
It has to do with INDENTIFICATION,
IDENTIFICATION historically seen:
Man are strong, woman are weak.
A man descending into the weaker is a failureor worse, a pervert.
IDENTIFICATION psychologically seen:
A man dressed as a woman would rather be a woman, or is in an identity crisis, or is sexually frustrated or in a pervert.
In the western world you can dress as you want,
but a man in women’s clothing is labeled a freak or pervert.
He will be socially excluded.
He will be demonized and must be prepared for violent reactions.
A man in women’s clothing is almost never tolerated anywhere in the world.
That is why it is unsafe for him in the outside world.
In many countries it is illegal, he can be arrested for it,
thrown in prison, tortured, possibly put to death.