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- DescriptionIn 1863, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed a law that criminalized appearing in public in a dress t belonging to his or her sex. Adopted as part of a broader anti-indecency campaign, the cross-dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions, facilitating over one hundred arrests before the century's end. Over forty U.S. cities passed similar laws during this time, yet little is kwn about their emergence, operations, or effects. Grounded in a wealth of archival material, Arresting Dress traces the career of anti-cross-dressing laws from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak-show performances, and commercial slumming tours. It shows that the law did t simply police rmative gender but actively produced it by creating new definitions of gender rmality and abrmality. It also tells the story of the tenacity of those who defied the law, spoke out when sentenced, and articulated different gender possibilities.
- Author BiographyClare Sears is Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.
- Author(s)Clare Sears
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication26/12/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitlePerverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note17 illustrations
- Weight304 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Series Edited byJack Halberstam,Lisa Lowe
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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