Passing (gender)

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In the context of gender, passing or blending refers to someone, typically either a transgender person or crossdresser, who is perceived as the gender they wish to present as.wikipedia
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Ball culture

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It is also notable that "reading" and "being read" have the alternate meaning of insulting and being insulted in the context of Ball culture.

Cleavage enhancement

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If the clothing being worn will reveal the breast cleavage, some type of cleavage enhancement technique is also used.
Many crossdressers believe that displaying a convincing cleavage will distract attention from flaws in their appearance and will improve their ability to pass.

Trans man

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For transgender men, drag kings, or any female-assigned person trying to pass as male, this may include binding the breasts to create a flat-chested appearance, taking on a more masculine demeanor, and wearing male clothing.
The transgender community sometimes uses the term passing to describe a transgender person's ability to appear as the gender they identify with.

Cross-dressing

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In the context of gender, passing or blending refers to someone, typically either a transgender person or crossdresser, who is perceived as the gender they wish to present as.
Gender disguise has been used by women and girls to pass as male, and by men and boys to pass as female.

Drag (clothing)

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For other transgender men or cross-dressing women, packing is done on an as-needed basis either for personal comfort or for drag performances.
Maximilliana, looking passable, leads one of the investigators to believe she is "real" and sexually advances only to learn there is something extra down there, greatly to his dismay.

Breast binding

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A flat chest is commonly achieved through breast binding which can be done in many ways.

Drag king

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For transgender men, drag kings, or any female-assigned person trying to pass as male, this may include binding the breasts to create a flat-chested appearance, taking on a more masculine demeanor, and wearing male clothing.
This usage includes women temporarily attempting to pass as men and women who wish to present themselves in a masculine gender role without identifying as a man.

Transgender

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In the context of gender, passing or blending refers to someone, typically either a transgender person or crossdresser, who is perceived as the gender they wish to present as. For other transgender men or cross-dressing women, packing is done on an as-needed basis either for personal comfort or for drag performances.

Cisgender

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The appropriateness of the term passing, and the desirability of blending into cisgender society, are both debated within the transgender community.

Janet Mock

Trans writer Janet Mock says that the term is "based on an assumption that trans people are passing as something that we are not" and that a trans woman who is perceived as a woman "isn't passing; she is merely being."

GLAAD

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The GLAAD Media Guide advises that "it is not appropriate" for mainstream media to use the term passing "unless it's a direct quote."

Adam's apple

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Passing entails much more than physical appearance, since there are many factors : height, bone structure, appearance of having or lacking an Adam's apple.

Gender expression

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Depending on a person's presentation, anyone may be able to read them.

Sex reassignment surgery

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If a trans person in stealth living also wishes to be sexual, effective Sex Reassignment Surgery would be required.

American Revolutionary War

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Reports exist of women doing this in both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.

American Civil War

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Reports exist of women doing this in both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.

Hannah Snell

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Examples include Mary Anne Talbot and Hannah Snell.

Hua Mulan

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and Hua Mulan, who, according to legend, took her elderly father's place in the Chinese army.

Stone Butch Blues

In Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg wrote about working class, butch lesbians in the 1960s who chose to pass as men in order to find jobs that would enable them to support their families.

Leslie Feinberg

In Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg wrote about working class, butch lesbians in the 1960s who chose to pass as men in order to find jobs that would enable them to support their families.

Working class

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In Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg wrote about working class, butch lesbians in the 1960s who chose to pass as men in order to find jobs that would enable them to support their families.

Butch and femme

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In Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg wrote about working class, butch lesbians in the 1960s who chose to pass as men in order to find jobs that would enable them to support their families.