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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812214315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812214314
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 968,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For all scholars of psychology and sexuality, as well as the literate general public, historian Vern Bullough and nurse Bonnie Bullough have done an invaluable service in providing an overview of the phenomenon of cross-dressing... This book is an important resource."-Contemporary Psychology "[The book] synthesizes a vast array of original texts into a coherent picture of how culture structures gender and sexuality, even in its more uncommon forms... An excellent addition to our understanding of these phenomena and a worthwhile resource for scholars, clinicians, and educators interested in sexuality and gender. The book should also prove very helpful to those struggling to understand these urges and behavior in themselves or in someone close to them."-Journal of Sex Education and Therapy "With so much media interest ... the publication of this book is timely... It is extremely accessible and clearly structured. Every example is extensively and usually primarily referenced. The authors aspire to accuracy... They demonstrate to the reader that gender-bending and blending is nothing new."-Journal of Gender Studies "Painstakingly referenced and indexed, the book is a valuable resource for scholars and others interested in tracing gender-related phenomena through time... An invaluable scholarly contribution."-Nursing History Review

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Vern L. Bullough is SUNY Distinguished Professor in History and Social Studies at the State University of New York and in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York. Bonnie Bullough is Professor in the School of Nursing at the State University of New York. The Bulloughs have coauthored a number of books on various aspects of sex and gender, including Contraception: A Guide to Birth Control Methods and Women and Prostitution. Both have also written extensively, sometimes together and other times individually, on the issues of sex and gender, health care, and the history of science, medicine, and nursing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Preacherdoc on 21 Jan. 2005
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This is an excellent review of an extremely complex subject. Bullough and Bullough successfully provide the reader with a robust, even-handed, and authoritative overview of cross-dressing behaviour throughout history, and go on to provide a broad yet detailed description of current attitudes and modes of thinking in the medical and psychology communities.
This book is not a self-help text, although there is much that is tremendously insightful. Although pitched at quite a high level academically, the book is never dry and is surprisingly readable. For anyone wishing to know more about cross-dressing, from any perspective, this book will provide a goldmine of information.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By william on 27 April 2013
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very interesting book purchased it for my girlfriend, who is studying at universityshe's been looking for it for ages so she's happy
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Gender 501 4 Aug. 2001
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This book might be a textbook for a first level graduate course in gender variance. If you've already read a lot on the subject, this book will help you to organize your thoughts (and your library). It's a wonderful survey, both from a historical standpoint and from a cross-cultural standpoint. There is also a critical, but sensible, review of the various biological, psychological and sociological explanations of gender variance. The authors suggest that no one explanation suffices; this book was written in 1993 and although a lot has been learned since then, I would guess that they would draw the same conclusion today if they were preparing a second edition. Which I hope they are! Either way, they also argue that gender variance is not a disease (but we already knew that, didn't we!) unless it causes other problems in the life of a particular individual. Although I have described this book as a "textbook", it isn't at all dry, musty and academic. There are endnotes for each chapter which you can reference for aditional reading, and rather than a bibliography the final chapter is the authors' well-thought out list of recommendations for additional reading. Because they tell you why they selected these books, you will find their recommendations very useful. An unusual book---a great textbook and a great read!
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Sexological history of cross dressing 5 Feb. 2003
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A marvelous read that goes well into the sexological depths of cross dressing. It resists a disease model approach discussion of gender variance and gives a more interdisciplinary account. Since the authors have been providing great contributions to the field of transgender studies for so long, they are easily able to provide historical analyses of cross dressing, sex and gender that are rivetting.
This is but one of the amazing texts in their treasure trove. It can easily be read by both scholars and a general reader since it is so accessible and well written.
By James L. Park - Published on
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Vern L. Bullough & Bonnie Bullough
Cross Dressing, Sex, & Gender

(Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993)
(Library of Congress call number: HQ77.B785 1993)

This is a comprehensive book on cross-dressing
from mythological times into the early 1990's.
Every reason for cross-dressing is included:
1. transsexualism; 2. homosexuality; 3. heterosexual sex-scripts;
4. theater; 5. stage impersonation of the other sex;
6. lesbians who wanted to 'marry' other women;
7. women who wanted the advantages of living as men;
8. drag queen prostitutes.

Once the various reasons for dressing in the clothes of the other sex
are better understood and distinguished from one another,
greater clarity will emerge.
For the present, this may be the best comprehensive book.
No general theory of cross-dressing is offered.
This book basically reports the history of cross-dressing.

Discover other books in this Internet bibliography:
"Cross-Dressing Bibliography".

James Leonard Park.
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My feelings 18 Dec. 2013
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Everything I thought it would be and more. Was very close to the things I went thru And helped me not feel alone.
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Great book! 18 Mar. 2013
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It's a book that everyone should read. Well written and with lots of historical facts and current ones as well.
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