Dombeck Sep 25, Question: He wears panties, bra, shoes and makeup. However, I am concerned. I found a few websites that say this behavior is considered Transvestic Fetishism.
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While some of the paraphilias are disturbing, abusive and criminal e. Transvestic Fetishism arousal tied to cross-dressing is benign for all intents and purposes. It is largely practiced by heterosexual men in private settings. As your boyfriend suggests, the act of cross-dressing is often comforting to the men who practice it.
It has little to do with homosexuality. While some transvestic men do occasionally engage in homosexual acts, their main impulse is towards heterosexual sexuality. A minority of transvestic men do end up feeling that they should have been born a woman and go on to develop a gender identity disorder, but this is the exception to the rule. As your boyfriend has denied that he wants to become a woman, I think you should take his word on this matter.
You are understandably alarmed by what you have found out. No one really talks about this practice of cross dressing, and it is poorly understood by the general public.