One of the posts I’ve made that drove a considerable amount of interaction was about what I felt were the top songs about cross-dressing. Since that time I have had several song suggestions and even a few complete lists from some readers. Many of the songs were new to me and many were ones that I probably should have included. It was a fun topic.
Along with the song suggestions, I also received a couple of suggestions to do the same sort of thing with movies about cross-dressing. Truth is while I enjoy songs about cross-dressing or something similar, I largely detest the movies that touch on the subject.
I just don’t feel that the vast majority of “cross-dressing” movies actually deal with the issue of cross-dressing or transgenderism at all. In fact, I feel like they treat the subject as a joke or in a negative light.
Even before the CD song post, I have been asked if I liked movies like Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire, and honestly I don’t. Both movies are not about cross-dressers or any type transgender issue. In fact, it treats the fact that they dress in women’s clothes as a sort of punishment. Both Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams are forced to dress and impersonate women just to get a job or just to simply spend time with his children. It’s amazing to what lengths these poor guys will go! (Yes, it’s sarcasm)
The body suit that Robin Williams wears is similar to the one Martin Lawrence wears in Big Momma’s House, which is another movie where the main character (undercover cop) goes through extenuating circumstances (i.e.) cross-dressing, to accomplish his mission.
Sure there are funny scenes in all the films, and I don’t hate them. I just don’t like them and definitely don’t feel like I should like them just because they end up wearing women’s clothes (not really cross-dressing).
Even if you go back to 1959’s Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon only dress like women to escape pursuit by the mob. Forced to wear women’s clothes (poor guys) to stay alive. I do happen to like that movie, but then it’s not because of the “cross-dressing”, it’s a fifties thing…
Then there’s To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. While the three ladies are not forced to dress like women, it’s just a silly movie. They do cross-dress, but the idea that three CDs save a whole red-neck town is just silly to me. Just not my kind of movie. I like a little more depth in my subject matter.
What I struggle with is the movies that have substance, but makes us cross-dressers look like mental cases and/or monsters… such as Psycho and Silence Of The Lambs. Both are great movies, but I cringe every time I see the cross-dressing portions, especially in Silence… The guy is killing and skinning women to make a woman suit… Oh my god! Great horrific imagery, but not so great for public opinion! Then there’s the scene where he tucks his “stuff” between his legs and says out loud…”I’d fuck me”. I love the movies, but can’t really express how uncomfortable those scenes make me.
Honestly, the only two movies that deal with cross-dressing or a real transgender individual are Just Like A Woman (CD) and Dallas Buyers Club (transgender character). Both deal with real TG scenarios and people struggling/dealing with the realities of their worlds. Not comedies, no characters in goofy women suits, and not mental threats to society… just stories about people.
In all fairness, I do love Rocky Horror Picture Show. RHPS is not deep nor is it a celluloid rendition of a literary classic. It’s just goofy and over-the-top fun. Liking it probably contradicts a few of the things I mentioned above, but there you go…
So no, I can’t do a movie list. There are just not enough movies dealing with cross-dressing or TG issues that I like. I know there are many I didn’t mention and this is not meant to be a complete list. It’s just the movies that came to mind as I sat down to write this.
The movies I really like are probably just like the movies other people like. Those with good stories and good acting. Movies like The Shawshank Redemption and 12 Years a Slave. Nothing to do with cross-dressing, just good movies. I could make quite an extensive list of this type of movie, and you could be sure Rear Window would be on it just for having Grace in it!