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Mary Frith aka Moll Cutpurse

17th century English woman who openly wore male garments and rejected normative expectations for female behavior.

LHMP entry

Cressy looks at the social context of both “acceptable” and unacceptable forms of cross-dressing by both men and women in his study period. While the contexts for the two groups were very different, both raised similar concerns about the violation of appropriate gender roles and the use of cross-dressing as an excuse (or context) for other social transgressions.


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