Just a quick thought to share. And, yes, this photo looks familiar. It’s one of the pictures I shared in my previous post, during which I recounted my day posing for Caitlin at Smoketree Photography (gotta give credit where credit is due). When I posted this photo to Flickr, I added an aside I want to expand on a little bit here. One of the outtakes from my session with Caitlin was of me having a little bit of playful fun with the traffic driving past our shooting location. I gave the traffic a playful waive of the hand, as if to say, “Well, hello there, good looking.”
One thing’s for sure: Male Mode Me would never do something as playful as that.
If you’ve ever put on a costume for Halloween, perhaps you notice that your personality changes a little bit. Your inhibitions start to loosen up, and you go from someone who’s rather reserved to one who is more outgoing than usual. The happy feelings you exude rub off on everyone around you; that joy and happiness spreads quickly. It’s almost as if a light switch in your mind is flicked from “off” to “on,” doesn’t it?
Every time I get dressed up, be it for venturing out or just staying inside, I notice a clear change in my personality. Male Mode Me and his straitlaced, reserved personality “steps out of sight” for a bit. In his place steps Allison, ready to brighten everyone’s day and offer a little bit of playfulness for the mirror, a camera, or a stranger passing by.
For sure, I am definitely more confident and outgoing when dressed up as Allison, which isn’t always how Male Mode Me appears to be. Methinks Male Mode Me could stand to learn a lesson or two from Allison.
For my fellow crossdressers out there: When you shed those male mode clothes and step into your favorite skirt or dress, do you tend to notice a more playful, more outgoing, more confident version of yourself making their presence known?