While running errands after getting our haircuts on Tuesday, I pulled into the parking lot at a local Target, in search of some deck chairs. A car pulled in behind me and as I got out, I saw a person in rather revealing garb exit his car. It took only a second to realize that it was a man dressed as a woman; a transvestite.
I try to have understanding and compassion for those whose compulsions are outside the norm, just as I would want others to have the same compassion for me were I fighting against a compulsion or obsession. What I don't understand is why they often dress like what my mom would have called a tart or a floozy.
This guy, who was so very obviously male (tall, very muscular, heavy 5:00 shadow) had on a very short skirt, stiletto heels, a tank top and a curly wig. I didn't get close enough to see his face except from the side, so I don't know about make-up, but I assume he was wearing some. Wouldn't the object be to blend in.....to be immediately perceived as a woman? Or am I wrong?
I am not referring to drag queens. Drag queens are different, of course, and the "tartier" the better for their personas, I would imagine. They appear to be "larger than life" and over-the-top makeup and clothing is the norm for them. But I doubt they ever go to Target in their dress-up clothes, so I can't imagine why this guy was decked out as he was.
I saw another man dressed as a woman last year in a restaurant. He also had on a miniskirt and stiletto heels, with a curly wig, a headband and dangling earrings. I spotted him teetering on his way to the restroom (I didn't see which one he used.) Why don't these guys start with lower heels, until they can maneuver in them, and then gradually get used to the higher heels. Unless they are trying to stand out like a sore thumb, I don't understand it.
Can anyone enlighten me?
P.S. The photo is of Dame Edna, a very well-known entertainer.