Bert and Lori

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Prometheus Books, 1997 - Social Science - 388 pages
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Here is the intimate autobiography of a heterosexual male crossdresser - a man who wears women's clothes occasionally for sexual pleasure. Though author Robert J. ("Bert") Rowe has disguised his identity, Bert & Lori is the true story of a successful and happily married college professor who leads an alternative life at home. This unapologetic, self-styled fetishist and his femme alter ego, "Lori," reveal how his interest in female clothing began in childhood and how it developed as he grew older. He recounts his attempt to conceal his behavior from friends and family, and the guilt and shame he was made to suffer for what he felt to be an irresistible desire. Rowe describes how his love for female clothing affected his relations with others and partly led to the collapse of his first marriage. Now, however, with a loving and understanding second wife, he can explore a personal interest that has turned into a private lifestyle. Bert & Lori is more than a straight-forward autobiography. It is a well-researched study of the phenomenon of crossdressing. Meticulously endnoted and fully documented, it describes the origins and purposes of transvestism in religious ritual and discusses crossdressing in novels, films, and the sociological and psychological literature. It also includes an appendix devoted to transvestite fantasy fiction. One of the unique features of this book is the author's contention, based on his own awareness, that crossdressing can be a therapeutic, cathartic, and even self-transcending experience. Another is the postscript by the author's wife, Jill, whose candid reflections are the only systematic discussion of the life and experiences of a cross-dresser's wife.

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Contents

Foreword
11
19461953
23
19621967
85
19671973
110
19731984
174
19841997
206
1995
246
A Postscript by Jill Rowe
297
Endnotes
337
References
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