Cross-dressing (revision)

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Current problems: Cross-dressing is a current LCSH (link to authority record), but has a broader term (BT) of “Psychosexual disorders,” which seems unnecessary. The public note (680 field) also restricts the meaning of this heading to “psychological gratification,” which is neither justified by any of the 670 references nor in keeping with current understanding of the phrase (Wikipedia: “The term cross-dressing refers to an action or a behavior without attributing or implying any specific causes for that behavior.”)

Perhaps complicating this issue: Recent changes to Female impersonators and Male impersonators give the note: “Here are entered works on men who impersonate women, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect. Works on women who impersonate men, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect, are entered under Male impersonators. Works on persons, especially males, who assume the dress and manner of the opposite sex for psychological gratification are entered under Cross-dressers.”

Questions: Is just deleting the broader term “Psychosexual disorders” a good enough fix? Is Cross-dressers a useful term as distinct from Female impersonators/Male impersonators?

Current MARC record:

053 _0 |a HQ76.97 |b HQ77.2
150 __ |a Cross-dressing
450 __ |w nne |a Transvestism                [this refers to the earlier heading]
450 __ |a Crossdressing
450 __ |a Eonism
550 __ |w g |a Psychosexual disorders
670 __ |a Miller, R. The bliss of becoming one, 1996.
670 __ |a 97-11130: Rowe, Robert J. Bert & Lori : the autobiography of a cross-dresser, 1997.
670 __ |a LC database, Mar. 25, 1997 |b (cross-dressing; crossdressing)
670 __ |a Trans Student Educational Resources, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017: |b (Crossdressing (also crossdressing): The act of dressing and presenting as a different gender. One who considers this an integral part of their identity may identify as a crossdresser. ’Transvestite’ is often considered a pejorative term with the same meaning. |u
670 __ |a National Center for Transgender Equality, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017: |b (Crossdresser: A term for people who dress in clothing traditionally or stereotypically worn by the other sex, but who generally have no intent to live fulltime as the other gender. The older term “transvestite” is considered derogatory by many in the United States.) |u
680 __ |i Here are entered works on the practice, especially of males, of assuming the dress and manner of the opposite sex for psychological gratification.

Revised MARC record:

[let’s work on this]


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