Marta Fanasca, “Crossdressing Dansō Negotiating between Stereotypical Femininity and Self-expression in Patriarchal Japan”, Girlhood Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 12, 2019, pp. 33-48
In this article, I focus on the childhood and adolescent life experiences of dansō(female-to-male crossdressers) who work as escorts in contemporary Japan, and on the process that led to their presentation of self as gendered masculine in their private and working lives. During their childhood and adolescence, dansō have to negotiate their identity and self-presentation to adhere to the gendered pressures of Japanese society.