Sex Roles

, Volume 50, Issue 7–8, pp 539–546 | Cite as

Gender Type and Comfort with Cross-Dressers

  • Cindi M. Penor CeglianEmail author
  • Nancy N. Lyons


The Bem Sex Role Inventory was used to classify university participants into the gender types: masculine, feminine, and androgynous. Two men who cross-dress were invited to attend and interact with the participants during regular classroom periods. Pre- and posttests were administered to measure the participants' comfort level with the phenomenon of cross-dressing. Feminine-gender-typed participants were initially the most comfortable with the concept of cross-dressing and experienced the least pre- and posttest mean change following the interaction. The masculine-gender-typed participants were the least comfortable, but experienced the greatest pre- and posttest mean change. Androgynous participants' differences for pre- and posttest scores were greater than the feminine-gender-typed participants' differences, but less than those of the masculine-gender-typed participants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development, Consumer and Family SciencesSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings
  2. 2.Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior DesignSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings

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