On some forum or blog this link came up and just now I looked at it. It’s pretty thought provoking to consider fetishes and paraphilias in general, including crossdressing – What Causes Spanking Fetishes? A testable model.
I’m not sure I understand all the science behind this, and if it’s really legitimate or not. But the theory sounds good and makes sense, that a child eroticizes something in order to cope with trauma. There has to be some explanation for the strange fetishes out there and this makes pretty good sense to me. While this theory makes better account of spanking I think it could account for some or all crossdressing fetishes as well.
Maybe this is why so many people combine crossdressing and punishment. Do some online searches or read crossdressing fiction and you’ll see this to be a strong theme. Perhaps some were punished through crossdressing and they eroticized it. This was not the case for me, hence crossdressing stories about punishment do nothing for me.
In my case, perhaps, (I have no idea), but perhaps being crossdressed by my sister was traumatic in some way. Maybe it was traumatic for me because of my disposition even though it is not traumatic for most boys. And perhaps I eroticized the activity as a coping mechanism to avoid the trauma
This is interesting from the article too – “An alternate coping mechanism may be “acting out” behavior as a redirection of repressed aggressive impulses in symbolic, rather than actual, ways. If I am right, children who “act out” by being rebellious, violent or otherwise “bad” would be disproportionately LESS likely to become spanking fetishists because they are utilizing a different neural strategy. By similar reasoning, I would predict that a disproportionately high number of spanking fetishists were compliant “good” children in comparison with the general population.”
Although I don’t have the spanking fetish at all, perhaps the same reasoning applies to crossdressing somehow. I was a very good child, and did not act out at all in being rebellious. Maybe I acted out instead through crossdressing.
Lots of interesting things to think about with this article in relation to crossdressing. What do others of you think after reading it?