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The Lazy Crossdresser Paperback – 1 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Greenery Press (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890159379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890159375
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Studies show that as many as 5% of all men crossdress regularly - but not all of them want to do it fully or publicly. Charles Anders, a writer and crossdresser of many years experience, gives readers the skills and confidence required to crossdress as much - or as little - as they like. With useful tips on embarrassment-free clothes shopping, applying make-up, making decisions about your head and body hair, and much more! Unlike crossdressing manuals that insist on nothing less than perfect passable femininity. THE LAZY CROSSDRESSER gives readers permission to experiment; Hints, ideas, stories and illustrations to helps readers become the creature they've always dreamed of being!

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By m on 26 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a book every "girl" needs. Charles/Patricia writes with humour and authority, covering almost every issue that a transvestite faces when first beginning to dress. Beginning with the basics on hair removal and progressing through wig choice, makeup and underwear to choosing clothes, this book is packed with practical tips and advice for the real world: "short cuts to femme gorgeousness". Even those of us who have been dressing for a while will find something useful in here.
Patricia focuses on ways to make the best of what you already have. She does away with any suggestion that the average man can transform himself into the perfect woman and focuses on working with your existing body, build and face. For example, if you have a typical male build, you're never going to look good in something built to show off the slender torso of a willowy woman; instead, follow Patricia's advice on spotting dresses and tops that will minimize those shoulders.
Similarly, the book demolishes some of the myths peddled by retailers keen to make a few quid by selling dreams to emerging trannies. Specially padded undergarments, clinchers and even silicones are subjected to Patricia's critical "do we really need this" test. To her credit, whilst she backs up her opinions with experiences and quotes, she doesn't preach and rarely presents herself as showing the One True Way to cross-dress, so I feel better that I'll never agree with her about a girl being able dress without boobs!
It's not perfect: for example, the section on makeup commits the cardinal sin of explaining with words what a couple of simple pictures would make so much more evident.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tigg3r on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is the best book I've ever read on crossdressing. Instead of making you feel like you're nothing if you don't have "The Look" this book gives you confidence to find the real you.
The book also delivers it's message with great humour and there are many laugh out loud moments (some too rude to repeat here!) which in itself gives you confidence and a spring in your step.
The only downsides I've found are that it's written for the American market and thus not entirely relevant (in terms of brand names etc) to us Brits and, like Moonwatcher indicated, a few instructional pictures wouldn't have gone amiss either. But, all in all, I would recommend this to any transgendered person anywhere and I would recommend it way ahead of other books such as The Way Out Guide (which is nothing more than an advert for the Way Out Club imho!).
Addendum: Although not the author's fault I would like to add a warning to my review: Please be careful with cosmetics. I wasn't and ended up with dermatitis! I would thus suggest using any new products sparingly and in an inconspicuous area first. There's nothing more likely to make you feel less glam than having your skin peel off your face!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining Practical Guide to Expressing Feminine Self 18 April 2003
By Graham D. Lincoln - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a very entertaining, carefree and useful guide to Expressing the Feminine Self. Most guys refuse to admit the have a "feminine side," so I respect the author for "coming out" with this truly fun and practical guide for those who feel the need or desire to express their feminine nature--in public, as well as in private.
The author explains the intricacies and dilemmas of "crossing" and gives numerous tips for self-confidence, self-improvement, beauty tips, and covers issues relating to stubble; beard growth, et al. These tips could be used by non-cross-dressers, as well. Very few people actually like stubble (about 1% of the people I have met)--especially facial stubble, so the tips in this book can be used even by "macho" guys, to improve their "Cuddle Time."
For those with an open mind, this book is very interesting, entertaining and provides numerous website references (copyright 2002, so it is up-to-date) and ideas to try.
If you are looking for a book about the psychological implications of this subject, look elsewhere--this author understands that it is "normal" to experiment with gender & sexuality, so there is no need to defend his stance on the issues. The author seems to have a very carefree "take me as I am" point of view.
It is very refreshing to read a book about the subject, which doesn't concentrate on Society's negative (uneducated) prejudice against "Alternative" lifestyles.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfull, witty and worthwhile 24 Jun. 2002
By Donna - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading about this book on the internet I searched it out on Amazon. I probably was one of the first to read Julia's book and it could not have been at a better time. About to embark on my first public foray in Las Vegas, I was plenty worried about dressing, makeup, wigs, walking, talking and anything that could happen to me. Julia put my mind at rest in many ways. I understood what crossdressing really means to me and that it isn't a big deal. The title may be a little exageration as crossdressing for a man is not too easy, even for the lazy ones. If you're too lazy you will fall into some of the traps that Julia talks about in this book. If you have any interest in crossdressing or think you know nothing or everything on the subject, this is still the book to read in 2002. Let's hope it doesn't leave the Books In Print list because word of mouth surely should spread the word that this is a fun read, but one crossdressers, wannabe crossdressers, their spouses,lovers, partners, friends, employers, or anyone else with some interest in the subject should read. Don't miss this opportunity.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful fun with a great perspective 7 Jun. 2002
By William M Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Charles Anders writes about crossdressing with great wit and style. I'd suggest the book to anyone based on the merits of the writing alone. It's a clear and amusing book filled with crisp prose and humor. The conversational tone makes reading it seem like chatting with a friend at a cocktail party.
I began crossdressing 6 months ago and can easily relate to Anders light approach. It's an amazing thing to step outside the normal gender barriers and go out in public. Mr. Anders appears to do this regularly with great comfort and self-assurance and he's certainly a role model in this capacity for anyone who wants to step outside the norm and simply be.
Read it for the quality of the writing. Read it for the education. Or read it just to hear the voice of someone who is so self-accepting while gleefully outside of the norm. Whatever the reason BUY (don't steal!) THIS BOOK!!! (Oh yes. And read it!)
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Realistic and Practical 14 Oct. 2002
By TammyJo Eckhart - Published on
Format: Paperback
Charles Anders' book is based on three goals: 1) looking good in women?s clothes is not the same as looking like a woman, 2) there is no one true way to do this, and 3) it is much easier than you think. In other words, this is a book for crossdressers who love women's clothes but have no desire to be female or women. The book is very sensitive to the feelings of both the men who wear women's clothing and the reality of women's lives in America today -- I was especially impressed with Anders understanding of how clothing can be used as an oppressive item and how culture can influence a person's self-esteem. There is an excellent resource directly included and the practical, time-saving tips might help women who find themselves wanting to be more traditionally feminine but lacking the time or experience.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Everyone should read this 18 May 2002
By Dinah Sanders - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wish this book would be assigned in school - Charles does an incredible job of dispelling all those awful expectations of how anyone, male, female or a little of both, ought to act. I realized while reading this book that I had internalized some of those voices of the media telling me The Way to be sexy and beautiful (and how I was failing to do so). This was a great reminder to let go of those outside expectations and go with what feels right to you. Really, this is one of the best books on self-esteem I've ever read.
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