Last Updated: January 31, 2018

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Definition - What does Cross-Gendered mean?

Cross-gendered is an adjective used to describe a person, behavior, or situation where the expected or established gender is paired with the opposite.

Most commonly, the term cross-gendered is applied to people, as a synonym for transgender behavior, which may or may not be linked to transgenderism. The term may also refer to behavior or relationships that cross traditional assumptions about gender.

Kinkly explains Cross-Gendered

Cross-gendered people are born with the genitals and internal workings of one gender, but have strong and persistent feelings that they are actually the opposite gender. They are also uncomfortable about their assigned gender as they feel it does not fit their true identities. Cross-gendered people.

Cross-gendered acting is common in the film and theater industries, when male actors take on female roles and vice versa. Tyler Perry, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett have all had prominent cross-gendered roles. Often cross-gendered acting is used for comedic effect, but this is not always the case.

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