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Jucovy, M.E. (1976). Initiation Fantasies and Transvestitism. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24:525-546.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24:525-546

Initiation Fantasies and Transvestitism

Milton E. Jucovy, M.D.

SINCE THE EARLIEST DAYS of the psychoanalytic movement, interest in perversions has been widespread, and the literature dealing with various issues and psychodynamic problems involved in sexual deviations has become increasingly extensive. Fenichel (1930) pointed out that authors who have dealt specifically with the subject of transvestitism have emphasized that this perversion has many points of contact with other sexual deviations, such as fetishism and homosexuality. The interest and fascination displayed in the clothes and adornments of women have led to the conception of male transvestitism as a specific form of fetishism. Hirschfeld (1910) and Ellis (1928), however, emphasized that the transvestite shows one characteristic not seen in fetishistic perversions: the fetish becomes erotically important only when it is brought into contact with the patient's body and is an object in itself only in modified degree. Transvestites have been considered effeminate and grouped with passive homosexuals because they frequently express the wish not only to wear women's clothes, but also to live like women.

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