Why Was Crossdressing Illegal?

Why Was Crossdressing Illegal?

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Clothing is ultimately just fabric designed to cover our bodies. So why was it illegal for women to wear men’s clothing and for men to wear women’s clothing? And why is it still illegal in some parts of the world?

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Edited By: Mike Petrow
Fact Check: Sarah Edwards
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Arresting dress : cross-dressing, law, and fascination in nineteenth-century San Francisco by Clare Sears

Slaves to Fashion: black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity Monica L. Miller

Ramírez, Catherine S. “Crimes of Fashion: The Pachuca and Chicana Style Politics.” Meridians 2, no. 2 (2002): 1-35.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory By Catherine S. Ramírez

Freudenberger, Herman. “Fashion, Sumptuary Laws, and Business.” The Business History Review 37, no. 1/2 (1963): 37-48.

Wide-open town: a history of queer San Francisco to 1965 by Nan Alamilla Boyd.


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