It’s time for our series of posts here at Jessica Who?, titled “Word of the Week”. In these short articles, published on odd Fridays, I will explore the various labels and umbrella terms used to label us. By doing this, I hope to educate not only myself, but also anyone who may not be familiar with these terms. Feel free to add your own knowledge to each post by leaving a comment .
The label that we will be examining is: Travesti (theatre).
The portrayal of a character by a performer of the opposite sex. This can be in an opera, play or ballet.
As far as I can tell, no. It doesn’t seem to be at all.
What’s It Really Mean?
In the olden days, females were even more oppressed than they are now. They weren’t allowed to perform in the theatre, thus creating the need for travesti by male actors. However, even after women were allowed to act, this practice continued (and still does today).
According to Wikipedia, British pantomime typically features a young woman playing a boy.
Shakespeare is probably best known for this practice, though he did not originate it. The origin of the word is French or Italian, depending on whom you ask
Have you anything to add? Please leave your take on this word in the comments section, I hope we can open up a dialogue and learn from each other while educating the masses.
Words to Suggest?
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