Student or Learner
Yesterday I read an article where I noted an interesting term namely “cross-dress”.
“They scream, they sing, they fall down, they take their clothes off, they cross-dress, they vomit,” Malia’s mayor, Konstantinos Lagoudakis, said in an interview. “It is only the British people — not the Germans or the French.”
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the term “cross-dressing” in the present case?
There are many examles in the Shakespeare’s plays, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and As You Like It – where maid were dressed as men and men as women.
If I hear the term “cross-dressing” I have a hazy recollection of Achilles dressed in woman’s clothing at the court of Lycomedes; or Athena, who often goes to the aid of people in the guise of men; But at the same time I remembered also about George Sand who preferred to wear man’s clothing exclusively, so there is a term “cross-dressing” for sexual reasons e.g. Transvestite fetishism.
I think, the term cross-dresser should be used with care to avoid causing misunderstanding or offense.
I don't believe the British are over-represented among transvestites, but they do have a tradition of drag queens cross-dressing in comedy and variety shows.