Cross Dressing and other Interesting Things
So I’m reading my psychology chapter for the week, and we’re covering Pavlovian conditioning. Anybody who knows anything about psychology knows a good bit about Pavlov already: I first studied him five years ago or so. I’m reading a part of the chapter that mentions paraphilias, which translates as “incorrect love”. A paraphilia is anything relating to love or desire that is deemed “unfit” by society or a culture. Needless to say, what is considered a paraphiliac behavior by one social group will not be considered weird or creepy to another, but considered “normal”. So really, it depends on each society particularly.
Anyway, I was reading in my chapter about various types of paraphilas and one mentioned voyeurism. Ok. I agree. That’s creepy. And weird. Not ok. Then the next thing mentioned is transvestism or “cross dressing”. (Yes, my 2015 psychology book just listed cross dressing as a paraphilia.) What blows me away by this is that men who wear “women’s clothing” are considered to be perverted. The book just said so! But women who wear “men’s clothing” are considered “normal”. There’s clearly a biased double standard here. How can this be alright to say, think, and believe? Isn’t what’s good for the goose, good for the gander? Where’s the equality?
Rather than label a man who wears “women’s clothing” weird, how about we eradicate the ideal that a person who wears the “opposite sex’s clothing” be considered perverted? Do clothes have genders?
Clothes are clothes! If a man wears a skirt, it doesn’t mean he’s wearing a “woman’s skirt”. It means he’s wearing a man’s skirt, because he’s a man. Consider a Scottish kilt. Right.
I can’t condone the labeling and mistreatment of people based on his or her clothing. So inappropriate!
That’s my psychology rant for the day. Carry on chickens!
Josh in a cornfield- Lensbaby Composer
You changed the look of your blog! I completely agree with you here. It’s interesting how there so much emphasis on how women have not/ are not treated equally, but you bring to light how men are not always treated equally, either!
September 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm
Exactly- it’s so biased, entirely. I can hardly believe this archaic type of viewing others is being mass-produced in our modern day college textbooks. Unbelievable!
September 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm
Sometimes I think things are so right in front of us that we rarely actually SEE them! What you wrote brought those things to light! That is what I love about books and blogs…and freedom of speech!
September 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm
Especially freedom of speech. :O)
September 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm
I would imagine this one to be a cultural thing…
even Homer Simpson likes to wear Marge’s under garments 🙂
September 21, 2015 at 11:17 pm
Haha…I think you’re right.
September 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm
Homer: But Marge, you being a cop makes you the man. Which makes me the woman. And I have no interest in that. Besides occasionally wearing the underwear, which, as we discussed, is strictly a comfort thing.
September 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm
I never knew he said (or did) that…wow.
September 22, 2015 at 12:27 pm
I’m wearing your pantyhose as we speak. :-p
September 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm
Well I don’t doubt that at all, Chief. 😉
September 25, 2015 at 12:59 am
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