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JUST A MINOR THOUGH philosophically significant qualm with your recent review of I Like It Like That (Film, 10/14): Alexis (Jesse Borrego) is not a transvestite, but a transsexual. Transvestites (a clinical German term from 1910, no longer in favor) are heterosexual cross-dressers, i.e., males who episodically enjoy dressing and acting like women. Transsexuals, whether pre-operative, post-operative, or nonoperative, are genetic males yet psychologic/social women, or genetic females yet psychologic/social men. These feelings and desires are constant, not episodic. Transsexuals, not transvestites, often live in the opposite gender of choice. Alexis lived as a woman, behaved as a woman, and desired as a woman throughout the movie. She is a transsexual woman, and was beautifully portrayed as such (for the first time ever on film, as far as I know).

By the way, you can solve the problem of nomenclature and categorization by simply referring to all of us as “transgendered,” the current label of choice. As far as I know, the only subgroup that dislikes such categorization is the male drag-queen group.

Bethesda, Md.