Can A Dress Turn A Man Into A Woman?
Before you scoff at the idea of a Y chromosome fixing garment which somehow knits the DNA of a man into a more feminine form, hear me out. Many men say that when they wear lingerie and women's things they become softer and more feminine. A great deal of men report that when dressed en femme they find themselves expressing so called 'feminine' personality traits such as increased sensitivity and emotion. In some cases, their personality changes so much that they assign a female name to their new feminine identity.
This isn't a new idea, nor is it entirely remarkable. It is logical that putting on women's clothing has the ability to make a man feel feminine the same way putting on sports clothes can make one feel more fit and sporty. Why, sometimes after I've put on my sweats I don't even need to work out anymore, I've magically become so very fit just by wearing the clothing. Clothing can have a big impact on the way we feel and the way we express ourselves. This is why at any given time we have half a dozen reality shows dedicated to making frumpy people dress more flatteringly.
But I do wonder, just how feminine do men feel when they wear lingerie and women's clothing? Are they really expressing feminine traits, or are they simply expressing universal traits which are described as being 'feminine'.
After all, not all feminine traits are pretty. Women are, on average, more prone to mood swings due to fluctuations in hormonal levels, are more sensitive to what other people think about them (there is a reason why advertising aimed at women always insinuates that they're not pretty enough yet, whereas advertising aimed at men bolsters their feelings of self worth.) Do men who wear women's clothing find themselves less capable of expressing spatial skills? Are they more or less likely to ask for directions when they are driving around in circles lost? Does dressing in women's clothing make a man's biological clock start ticking? Can he no longer stand the sight of a toilet seat left up? Does he become fixated with the proper use of coasters? Just how powerful is a dress on the male psyche?
We know already that some men become very girlish when they're dressed up in their women's clothing, whereas other men consider skirts and suchlike to be legitimate male attire and are utterly unaffected emotionally by what they are wearing. I'm throwing this to you guys, you who wear women's clothing. You who wear lingerie, you who wear panties and dresses and all manner of feminine finery. Just how does wearing women's clothing change the way that you behave and feel in your every day life?