Sex in China pp 145-157 | Cite as

Transvestism and Transsexualism

  • Fang Fu Ruan
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


The term “transvestism” has been given different definitions by different authors. For example, Hyde (1982) says, “Transvestism refers to dressing as a member of the opposite gender,” while Strong and DeVault (1988) narrow the definition by stating, “Transvestites are men who wear women’s clothes or garments in order to become sexually aroused.” Our discussion will apply the broadest definition of transvestism—that is, any instance of men or women dressing in the clothing of the opposite sex-including as a subcategory those “true transvestites” who are sexually aroused by the practice.


Ching Dynasty Chinese Literature Female Role Southern Dynasty Modern Chinese Literature 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Fu Ruan
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  1. 1.The Institute for Advanced Study of Human SexualitySan FranciscoUSA

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