A Transvestite: Glen Or Glenda? ? ...... [movie review; comment]
NO, this is NOT a poem about sex! But some might think it so.
I’m prompted to write, about men in dresses, by a movie made long ago.
In 1953 Bela Lugosi, of Dracula fame, and others made a very different flick.....
about a man for whom dressing-as-a-man was simply not his schtick.
“Glen or Glenda? ” was the title of the movie, about a transvestite with the name Glen.....
who dithered about telling his fiancée his secret. How to tell her and when?
And HOW would she react? Would she “freak” to find he wanted to wear her sweater?
Or would her love for him endure, and together their lives might be better?
The movie starts with a police investigation of a man’s unfortunate death.
A transvestite, arrested four times for dressing in drag*, put an end to his breathe.
The detective sought answers about the dead man’s dilemma-of-dress.
The movie is an acted-out documentary, though part of it is a confusing mess.
Hermaphrodites and pseudo-hermaphrodites are explained to us,
but homosexuals were only mentioned in passing. [In 1953 why cause MORE fuss! ]
It seems transvestites are “normal” men in most every “man” way.
But they crave to wear women’s clothing. For that reason, they dress up, to women-portray
Bela Lugosi, seated in front of ghoulish curios, in a conservative suit,
serves as a sort-of movie moderator, and shows some amusing expressions to boot.
Glen tries to quit his habit, which the movie blames on his childhood.
For the sake of his hoped-for marriage, he’d give up women’s clothes if he could.
I won’t tell you how the movie ended, unless of course you ask.
Living “successfully” as a transvestite would seem an impossible task.
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we got this movie dvd from our small local library and watched it recently. i had a 'pretty good' idea of what transvestite means, but this movie made it very clear and did a fine job showing how troubling the 'habit'? can be for the transvestite and people around him. i have seen a few men in kilts and i think even in skirts or dresses, but it certainly is unusual. probably i have seen more but did not realize i was looking at men. i spoke to one very tall man-looking man in a grocery store who was wearing a kilt**. i think it was made of leather and had attachments for a workman's/workwoman's tools. he said he almost always wore one instead of pants. i wonder now if he was a transvestite or just liked the freedom/coolness. why not?
A knee-length skirt of pleated tartan cloth, traditionally worn by men as part of Scottish Highland dress and now also worn by women and...] oh, i see a kilt is called a skirt here.
i once saw a photo of my father wearing a kilt when he was a boy in toronto canada, probably during world war I.
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