En femme

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The term en femme [ɑ̃ fam] is a lexical borrowing of a French phrase. It is used in the transgender and crossdressing community to describe the act of wearing feminine clothing or expressing a stereotypically feminine personality. The term is borrowed from the modern French phrase en femme[citation needed] meaning "as a woman." Most crossdressers also use a female name whilst en femme; that is their "femme name". In the cross-dressing community the persona a man adopts when he dresses as a woman is known as his "femme self".[1]

In 1987, Robyn Dormer started a magazine called "En Femme" that was "for the transvestite, transsexual, crossdresser, and female impersonator."[2] The magazine ran until 1991.

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  1. ^ Boyd, Helen (2004). My Husband Betty: Love, Sex and Life With a Cross-Dresser. Sdal Press. p. 64. ISBN 1560255153.
  2. ^ Dormer, Robyn (July/August 1987). "Letter From the Editor". En Femme. 1 – via Archive.org. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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