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By Clare Sears

In 1863, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors handed a legislation that criminalized showing in public in “a costume no longer belonging to his or her sex.” followed as a part of a broader anti-indecency crusade, the cross-dressing legislations grew to become a versatile device for policing a number of gender transgressions, facilitating over 100 arrests prior to the century’s finish. Over 40 U.S. towns handed comparable legislation in this time, but little is understood approximately their emergence, operations, or results. Grounded in a wealth of archival fabric, Arresting Dress strains the profession of anti-cross-dressing legislation from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak-show performances, and advertisement “slumming tours.” It indicates that the legislation didn't easily police normative gender yet actively produced it by means of growing new definitions of gender normality and abnormality. It additionally tells the tale of the tenacity of these who defied the legislation, spoke out whilst sentenced, and articulated assorted gender possibilities.
 

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