When Nastia and Benjamin, artists who have been dating for over two years, go out in public, they look like any other creative straight couple. But a closer look at their respective Instagram accounts tells a different story. While many of Nastia's pictures show her and Benjamin happily coupled up , some of Nastia's posts show her romantically posing with a tall woman in over-the-top, bedazzled pink outfits. Benjamin has a passion for cross-dressing — or dressing up in clothing traditionally designed for women, along with putting on makeup, wigs, and high heels — and has created a hyper-feminine alter ego named Alaska.
To me, crossdressing is wearing clothes that are traditionally associated with a different gender. A boy wearing a dress, a girl wearing a necktie. I do not think clothes are, should be, genderized. They are simply clothes. If they fit, you can wear them. I believe people who identify as a crossdresser fall under the transgender spectrum.
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This article details the history of cross-dressing , the act of wearing the clothes of the sex or gender one does not identify with. Patriarchy is a social system in which men have all of the power towards women and their families in regards to the tradition, law, division of labor, and education women can take part in. Altenburger states that female-to-male cross-dressing depicted a movement forward in terms of social status, power, and freedom.