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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573442887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442886
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreword by Veronica Vera
Introduction by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Temporary by Tulsa Brown
Just Like a Boy by Debra Hyde
Halloween by Helen Boyd
More Than Meets the Eye by Stephen Albrow
Tough Enough to Wear a Dress by Teresa Noelle Roberts
The Sweetheart of Sigma Queer by Simon Sheppard
Tori’s Secret by Andrea Miller
Like a Girl by Alison Tyler
Michelle, Ma Belle by Marcy Sheiner
Beefeater by Lisabet Sarai
Phone Fatale by Stan Kent
I Need a Man by Andrea Dale
A Cute Idea by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Higher and Higher by T. Hitman
Birthday Girl by Jason Rubis
The Princess on the Rock by Elspeth Potter
Down the Basement by Ryan Field
Some Things Never Change by Melinda Johnson

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Introduction: Crossing Boundaries and Bending Genders

Crossdressing spans such a wide range of possibilities, erotic and otherwise, that the only thing we can safely say brings the mélange of its practitioners under one umbrella is that they dress (sometimes or all the time) in the clothing of another gender. In an age when gender is becoming increasingly fluid, deconstructed, questioned, and sometimes abandoned, we can begin to see the idea and reality of crossdressing in a new light.

This book focuses on the erotic pleasures of crossdressing, while also touching on the life-changing, mind-melting, earth-shifting experiences that can come from actively playing with one’s gender. For some characters, crossdressing means transgressing, transforming, subverting the rules to enter another body in order to enter another world, literally or figuratively. Sometimes it gives them permission to go where they’d be unwanted otherwise. For other characters, playing with their attire lets their minds create the fantasy creature they’ve always longed to be. It means acting, homecoming, freedom. Sometimes, it’s a fun, risqué adventure, a break from the ordinary, a chance to see what might happen if you slipped into a dress or suited up. Would you be the same person? Would you feel the same? Would you get turned on in the same way? These questions and more get tackled in Crossdressing, though the answers are as varied as we are.

When these characters don the clothes of another gender, or another gender role, they find not just their bodies but their minds altered in powerful ways. What was once forbidden is now acceptable?or maybe it’s still taboo but even hotter because of it. When they literally step into someone else’s shoes, their bodies, minds, and libidos can explore passions they might not dare voice otherwise. Whether it’s the bra, panties, and garter tucked away under the charcoal-gray business suit or the bound breasts flattened under a drag king’s snazzy attire, clothes, as more than one character here can attest, do “make the man”?or woman, though the person inside those clothes creates his or her power from within as well.

In Stephen Albrow’s “More Than Meets the Eye,” his businessman protagonist has a secret under his suit that’s his private treasure, until he chooses to share it: “My Brooks Brothers shirt is thick enough to cover up my white satin bra and garter belt, but not so thick that I can’t feel the garter belt’s lace trim as I run my fingertip over my abs. Just knowing this little bit of Suzy is there is enough to calm my nerves.” Part of his narrator’s delight is in fooling those around him. Yet revealing Suzy to her special lover is a bold thrill that yields untold rewards, and it’s this push-pull of discovery and secrecy, of flaunting and hiding, of male and female that makes the story come alive.

These stories are not just about crossing genders but about living with the duality of one within the other, mixed together, mingling—the experience of living as one changing how a person lives as the other. Ashley Laine, the sensual, seductive drag queen narrator of Tulsa Brown’s exquisitely rendered “Temporary,” reveals the fear that haunts her at being found out: “When his thick fingers began to creep under my panties, I edged away, afraid to ripple the surface of his fantasy.” Yet she proceeds, risking rejection for the joy of bringing that duality together into her erotic life. You can feel the shivers Rory delivers to her with the words “Oh, girl”—two simple but powerful words that encapsulate the crux of both Brown’s story and this collection as a whole. When these characters?men, women, and those in between or neither at all?are finally able to be recognized for their chosen selves, the thrill goes far beyond the sexual.

Yet sex, desire, lust, and longing are front and center throughout, even as more complex gender dynamics come into play. In Debra Hyde’s “Just Like a Boy,” we learn that simply turning oneself into a “boy” is not enough for her narrator. She longs to be the boy of her childhood dreams, not “an androgyne in boy’s clothes.” Yet her venture into male territory isn’t only for her but for her lover, Matthias, as well. Hyde draws out the tension in this dominant/submissive relationship, where power gets exerted in twisted, yet intriguing, ways.

The power of uniform gets invoked in Lisabet Sarai’s humorous “Beefeater,” in which a young British woman mocks family?and tradition?to dress in the garb of the Yeoman Warders guarding the Tower of London. The secrecy of her mission, combined with the defiant naughtiness of their endeavor, had me rooting for them with all the fervor of anyone who’s deliberately disobeyed, half-hoping to get punished.

Crossdressers themselves aren’t the only ones here with a tale to tell. In T. Hitman’s “Higher and Higher,” Pete pretends to be his naughty alter ego, Nate, when he hires Roni, a “dudette” who shows Pete a few tricks as she turns one, worshipping him in ways nobody else ever has. His internal dilemma, caught between sheer arousal and propriety, between who he thinks he should desire and who he actually does, gives us a peek into how those who lust after crossdressers of any variety also struggle to embrace their wants.

In Crossdressing, you’ll find men in panties, butches in dresses, girls looking like boys, drag queens, drag kings, and those who can’t be tidily summed up by their outer appearance. You’ll find men who want to be men, only prettier, and women who don’t have penis envy per se, but don’t always want to be the little lady. In short, you’ll find people across the sexual-orientation spectrum fucking with gender and gender roles?and simply fucking.

At one point, looking at herself in the mirror, Brown’s drag queen says, “Some people might call this a fantasy, but it was my deepest truth.” Here you get hot fantasy, fiction, and the kind of truth that really matters, the kind that gets under our skin, under our clothes, under our disguises to a place that speaks to us deep in our erotic souls. Whatever you’re wearing right now (or not), I hope you’ll join me on this tour across stages real and imagined, where the limits of gender-bending are in the eyes of the beholder.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By An Amateur Fan on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
The stories in this collection cover the gendersphere and do it very, very well and very inclusively. So it's hard to pick a single example as representative, but the very smart and gently transgressive Helen Boyd offers an intricate little gem titled "Halloween". Laura "persuades" her boyfriend Robert to attend a costume party as two lipstick lesbians. At the party they meet James and Sally, attending as James Dean and Sal Mineo. One couple masquerading as lesbians and another couple masquerading as gay males. Lotsa possibilities!! But despite some clues early on, the story develops in a surprising way and---I will say no more, you must read it.
All of the stories in this collection involve crossdressing and some involve double crossdressing (if there such a term) but the crossdressing is usually part of a larger theme or even a device to develop the theme. Sorry if that sounds boring or nonsensical, I just can't think of a better way to explain it. But rest assured, these stories ARE erotic.
Everyone who crossdresses will find his or her favorite stories, but do yourself a favor and open up to the other varied, variant possibilities in this corner of the world. This book will take you there and help you enjoy the exploration.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Topaz Lennard on October 23, 2007
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... or even know anything about crossdressing, to Love this book. I just happen to be a Drag Queen trapped in a woman's body... but whether you're male or female, straight, gay, bi, tansgender, or any combination of the above, if you like to be turned on, you're bound to find some real titillation in these stories. I took the book to bed with me one night and couldn't put it down til 3 AM... then had some of the most delicious dreams of women's lingerie bulging in all the wrong places and of men's bulges showing up in the most unexpected places at the most inopportune (and sometimes perfect) times. This is a wonderful collection of short stories... just long enough to get you aroused, and just short enough to leave you wanting more. A real gem of a book, with something for everyone... except for your small children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Tasker on October 5, 2007
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Once Again, Rachel Kramer Bussel put together an exciting, thrilling, erotic book, that was impossible to put down, even after the last page. If wearing the clothing of the opposite sex excites you (either in public or private,) or if you just enjoy reading about it, then this is the book for you. I must admit though, that not all the stories appealed to my particular interests, but they were all a great read none the less. I can not wait until her next book comes out, I will definately purchasing that as well, and hopefully contributing it is contents. Until then I have some catching up to do with several of her previous books, that I haven't had the pleasure of enjoying yet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By o-gal on September 21, 2007
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I try and grab anything that's edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel as soon as it's available. She selected amazing stories for this anthology, each an enjoyable, sexy and sizzling read. Not every story was geared to my personal taste, but the collection included enough diverse erotica that everyone will find something guaranteed to give nice dreams. Two thumbs up!
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