Main Recursive Cross Dressing Discussion

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02:28:14 PM Mar 10th 2015
I think that the definition of this trope used right now sort of conflicts with one of the examples. Namely, with this one:

  • Transgender people may have to pretend to be their birth gender around people who know them as such, such as their parents and old friends, or in situations where their legal identity is required and they haven't changed it.

The reason why I think it does is that the description right now says it is the gender that is being disguised recursively, and yet in this case it is only disguised once because the first layer of the disguise hides their sex instead.

With that in mind, either the description is not exactly right, or the example isn't really much of an example. So does anyone have any ideas about it?
11:19:59 AM Oct 20th 2012
The Shakespeare example exaggerates; it's not 'practically every' comedy where boy actors dress as female characters dressed as men only in four (Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, and As You Like It) is there crossdressing, and multiple cross-dressed women only in the last two.
04:30:07 PM Jun 7th 2011
Wouldn't "Victor/Victoria" count as an example of this? A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman...

06:45:54 PM Aug 28th 2010
edited by Citizen
This xkcd comic (human pretending to be an animal pretending to be human) makes me wonder if there's any basis for a recursive supertrope, but nothing else comes to mind.
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