The Enlightenment of Men Who Wear Women's Lingerie
Men who wear lingerie. Men who wear women's clothes. Men who desire to embrace the feminine within themselves. Some dismiss the activity as a perversion, something done by 'sick' men who cannot embrace the narrow identity of masculinity they were assigned by their x and y chromosomal make up.
But, one could argue, there is more to men wearing women's clothing than just perversion. Perhaps, for some men , the wearing of women's lingerie, and the experiencing of the feminine is one step on the road to enlightenment.
Most of us have probably been exposed to the idea of a group consciousness, of the highest ideal of humanity being one, not separate entities, but one entity experiencing itself subjectively. This theme is prevalent in many spiritual traditions and is even embraced by atheists who do not believe in a god figure, but who do believe in some form of spirituality.
By this definition, the definition of a human being being a spiritual expression of a greater entity, there is no such thing as inherent masculinity or femininity. We are all both and none at the same time. Of course in reality, some of us fit into our categories more easily and happily than others.
Some men and women are happy to be 'real' men and women, women tottering around in high heels and short skirts, giggling a lot and making themselves pretty with make up and men grunting with masculinity, lifting heavy things, and playing football on the weekends.
Then there are those who wish to experience both sides of the duality. Who do not believe that what society has taught them represent ultimate truth. Who find pleasure and joy in expressing both masculine and feminine elements. There is an argument for enlightenment to be made in this type of behavior. When one experiences, then transcends gender, one is perhaps closer to renouncing the ego, the 'I' which we are told is nothing but illusion anyway.
This may be one reason why some have such opinionated negative reactions to men who wear women's clothing. In challenging the notion of male and female, in challenging the borders drawn by society, these men in some ways, challenge the very persona which has been built up over a lifetime.
Is wearing women's lingerie a sure fire means to enlightenment? I doubt it, however there is little doubt that the exploring of notions of the self as expressed through gender play can be quite enlightening.