How are fashion and appearance central to the construction of social identities?
In Western societies, when we are born we are put on clothes of certain colour: blue for baby boys and pink for baby girls.
On the other hand, in any society, the perception or concept of femininity and masculinity does not depend on female or male genitals.
In the manner now being indicated, even though there are anatomical differences between the sexes, having a penis instead of a vagina has given a person a higher status throughout history therefore what we think it is masculine or feminine behaviour comes directly from society and cultural beliefs.
Gender crossing is so present that even genitalia by itself have never been a universal nor essential insignia of a lifelong gender. (V.L. Bullough and B. Bullough, 1993 : 360).
‘In some eras and in some cultures, cross dressing is associated with homosexuality or lesbianism, while in others it is seen as both a homosexual and heterosexual phenomenon. Dress traditionally has been a ubiquitous symbol of sexual differences, emphasizing social conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Cross-dressing, therefore, represents a symbolic incursion into territory that crosses gender boundaries’. (V.L. Bullough and B. Bullough, 1993 : 8).