Monday, October 16, 2023

Stuff 14

By J.J. Atwell

Hello again

Yes, there is more stuff. I’m happy you continue to find this column thought provoking. Let’s think today about Transvaal.


Yes, Transvaal. A geographic area of South Africa. Go ahead, consult your atlas. Or Google. I’ll wait.    

How is Transvaal relevant?

Well, it really isn’t relevant to us as crossdressers. I’m only mentioning it as a lead into my early days searching for information about crossdressing. Or, as it was more commonly labeled back then, transvestism. 

Before the Internet, you went to a library to find knowledge in books. Libraries had huge card catalogs that you used to find books about any subject. One section of the card catalog was an alphabetical listing by subject matter.  

But there was a problem; the card catalog was right next to the desk where that stern librarian sat. So I tried to disguise my search by looking for something close in spelling. By chance, Transvaal was right before transvestism in the catalog. To keep my search hidden, I’d make believe I was looking up Transvaal and then casually check the following cards.  

I think I learned as much about Transvaal (not much) as transvestism back then. Unfortunately, the world didn’t have a lot of books about transvestism and what there was didn’t really help me understand why I wanted to crossdress.  

Thank goodness we now have easy and more full access to information about crossdressing. Sources like Stana’s site and several others. There are also great sites for exchanging experiences and getting opinions. Two I follow are and Take a look!  

I’ll be back

I doubt that many aspiring crossdressers are researching Transvaal these days, but maybe we should just to spread the love around. 

As before, comments are welcome either here on the blog or by email to Jenn6nov at-sign gmail dot com. JJ is always looking for more stuff!

Source: Rue La La
Wearing Manolo Blahnik shoes

Max Baer Jr.
Max Baer Jr. femulating on television’s The Beverly Hillbillies.


  1. When I was in high school I worked as a library page; shelving books, checking out books for patrons, etc. That was back in 1964-1965. There was zero material on cross dressing. The "Kinsey Report" which was a big deal back then was kept behind the checkout desk. There was no internet. The raciest magazine at the local news stand was "Playboy." The 1960's was truly the "Dark Ages" for me.

  2. So true about Transvaal. Even the large schools offering PhD's had nothing or not much. You would get luckier reading about "womanless beauty pageants" in small town newspapers.
    I do remember seeing a femulating Max Baer on the Beverly Hillbillies. I forgot the specifics as to why Jethro crossdressed. Does anyone know why ?
    Angel Amore

    1. Max Baer Jr. sometimes played a double role of Jethro and his twin sister – Jethrine Bodine.

  3. Transvaal. How very clever of you! And I'll admit that I never heard of it and just looked it up.

    I look forward to all your "stuff", so please keep it coming😊

    1. JJ here. Thanks so much for following me here Elise! Yes, there is more Stuff in the pipeline. :)