Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 99–115 | Cite as

Transvestism in women

  • Robert J. Stoller
Guest Editorial


Three cases are reported of a previously undefined condition—fetishistic cross-dressing in women. The outstanding common feature found in each woman is a powerful masculinity present since childhood, but no full answer is available yet to the question why these masculine women use men's garments for erotic excitement. Transvestism in women is compared with other types of cross-dressing in women and—in more detail—with transvestism in men. It is hoped that closer observation of sexual states will let us find their true nature and help to determine how women and men differ in their erotic experiences.

Key words

female transvestism male transvestism differential diagnosis fetishistic cross-dressing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Stoller
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUCLA Medical SchoolLos AngelesUSA

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