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“In drag” tells us this is supposed to be a drawing of a transvestite.
I feel a huge conflict about the depictions of crossdressers at times. Especially when I run across them in old paperbacks. I shouldn’t. These were works of exploitation. They weren’t crafted with love or care. They were pumped out quickly to satisfy a market.
But it still always nags at me to look at something like this and know that when the artist drew it for all he knew it was a genetic female. It was only an editor or publisher who later decided to label her a transvestite.
Of course the illustrations of the same time that clearly show a man in woman’s clothing are those that treat male femininity as a form of humiliation. Even worse. And the goal of most crossdressers is passablility. Not the subtler aesthetic of ambiguity.
I should just shut up.