One biblical passage that stands out to me as a past crossdresser is Isaiah 3:16-26 –
The Lord says,
“The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,
flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;
the Lord will make their scalps bald.”
18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench;
instead of a sash, a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;
instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;
instead of beauty, branding.
25 Your men will fall by the sword,
your warriors in battle.
26 The gates of Zion will lament and mourn;
destitute, she will sit on the ground.
I have a few reflections about this passage.
1. It confirms to me that the stereotypes are generally true from culture to culture and throughout history about men and women. What I am referring to is that it seems in almost all cultures and throughout the centuries it is the women of a society who do more with their looks, their appearance. They wear the ornaments, the makeup, and try to look beautiful. A lot of crossdressers and gender nonconformists today would love to see men having this same tendency. While I would never say it is wrong for a man to have that same tendency to care more about his appearance, I think it is perhaps something innate to women that they are the sex that is more concerned with their beauty and ornamentation. This is quite clear I think and something that both Christians could agree with, as well as atheists with an evolutionary perspective.
2. It shows us that being “too consumed” with appearance is not good, and can make someone vain and proud, whether they are men or women. One of the ways we recovering crossdressers try to find balance and healing is to work on looking good as men, and enjoying making our wives more beautiful through buying them nice clothing. But in both cases we must keep working against our infatuation so that we are not too obsessed with looks, or too vain.
3. This passage shows that even in ancient Israel so many of the types of clothing or accessories that we would say today are for women, were also for women back then. While men did wear more robe like clothing, which is obviously different from today, many of the differences in dress between the sexes that we have today were also differences in ancient Israel.
4. This passage warns of God’s judgment. We are all guilty of sin and all deserve the judgments mentioned. Only in Christ can we be forgiven and saved from this judgment. Put your trust in Christ. Put away the vain obsession of crossdressing in front of a mirror, and turn to Jesus.