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eonism

(ˈiːəˌnɪzəm)
n
(Psychology) psychiatry the adoption of female dress and behaviour by a male. See also transvestite
[C19: named after Charles Éon de Beaumont (died 1810), French transvestite]

eonism

Psychiatry. the adoption, by a male, of feminine mannerisms, clothing, etc. Also called transvestism, transvestitism.
See also: Sex
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Downman's portrait of Jane Douce and George Dance's of Chevalier D'Eon disguised as a woman are particularly worthy of notice.
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BORN 1N THE PROVINCE, the scion of poor and even dubious nobility, a master with the sword but unable to grow even the shadow of a beard, the Chevalier d'Eon went to Paris to be educated by his uncle.
Yet, this sophisticated, well-written, good-humored survey gradually proves seductive--Price refers to the Chevalier d'Eon as a "nobleperson"--, and the deeper one penetrates the work, the more plausible, if not quite incontestable, the central thesis becomes (211).
As any contemporary would have immediately realized, however, the `French Amazonian maid' and `Lady Knight' that appeared in the prologue to Percy were not only gestures towards generic figures of speech, but also specific references to a real flesh-and-blood female chevalier, the famous Chevalier D'Eon.
The world's most famous transvestite was Chevalier d'Eon de Beaumont.
Kates will not convince every reader that Chevalier d'Eon was the man of (feminist) principle he depicts.