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"The Boy In The Dress" Movement
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The children's book "The boy in a dress" has inspired a movement among young boys for the right to wear dresses.

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1st hardback edition
Author
David Walliams
Illustrator
Quentin Blake
Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Genre
Children's fiction (8-12)
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publication date
1 October 2008
Media type
Print (hardcover)
Pages
288
ISBN
0-00-727903-5
OCLC
233262822

The Boy In The Dress is a children's book written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is the first book by Walliams, a television comedian best known for the show Little Britain. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and the reactions of his family and friends.[1][2] It is aimed at readers aged eight to twelve, and is intended to teach children that cross-dressing is a healthy and acceptable hobby and not something to be ashamed of.

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#2
There is a trend towards getting more boys in dresses and skirts.  In Germany and other countries they are having these festivals where all of the boys wear either dresses or skirts.  Some of these are quite feminine.


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melodie, do you have any more details about these festivals?
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The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Dennis and his 14-year-old brother John, whose parents got divorced when he was only 7. The boys remain with their father, who resorts to comfort eating after his wife leaves. Dennis is talented in football, and is one of the best on his team. However, he deeply misses his mother, who left their family about five years ago, and finds comfort remembering his mother's yellow dress in an old picture. Dennis sees the same dress on the cover of a Vogue magazine, and buys a copy from Raj, the local shop owner. But when Dad finds the magazine, he is furious. John teases him by calling him "Denise". At school that day, Dennis is given detention for kicking a football through a window. While in detention, he talks to a girl named Lisa James, the prettiest and most fashionable girl in the school. Lisa invites him over to her house, and dresses him up in girls' clothing. Lisa and Dennis, after dressing him up in an electric blue dress, decide to take Dennis out in public, under the alter ego of "Denise", a French exchange student who speaks very little English. They go to Raj's corner shop. Raj does not recognise Dennis, believing he is "Denise". Subsequently, with their success of fooling Raj, Dennis goes to school with Lisa - as "Denise".
Dennis upsets his French teacher by criticizing her French accent. At break, Dennis kicks a football, slips, and is revealed to be a boy. Mr Hawtrey, the headmaster, expels him from the school for cross-dressing. Dad is furious, and sends Dennis to his room. Darvesh, Dennis's best friend, comes over, but is sent back to his home by Dad. Pushed by Darvesh, Dennis goes to an important football match on Saturday, where his entire team encourages him to play in a dress. The team wins against Maudlin Street, the rivaling football team. Dennis's dad attends the match, forgiving Dennis. On an early Sunday morning, Raj informs Dennis that Mr Hawtrey's sister, Doris, buys the Telegraph now instead of him. He also includes that there was "something funny about her". Lisa and Dennis go to Raj's shop and find out that Doris is actually Mr Hawtrey cross-dressing in a skirt. The two threaten that unless Dennis is reinstated to the school, they will tell everyone of Mr Hawtrey's cross-dressing habits. Mr Hawtrey agrees to reinstate Dennis.
At the end of the story, Dennis, his dad, and his brother get over the pain of the loss of Dennis' mother. Dennis and Lisa stay friends, and John starts to look out for his younger brother more.
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This is an amazing book and seems to be well received by everyone. Growing up, no boy would ever put caught dead in a dress, now 20 some years later many seem happy to go to school in a dress, tights and nail polish. The world has truly changed for the better, hopefully more books like these will catch on, maybe even a few TV shows, I suspect they would be popular.
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#9
I watched the The Boy In The Dress movie when it was shown on BBC1 TV on Christmas 2014

The trailer is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrBQXxu5Qy8

The movie can be found on most film sites.
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(09-23-2016, 03:00 PM)RadicalFeminist Wrote: This is an amazing book and seems to be well received by everyone. Growing up, no boy would ever put caught dead in a dress, now 20 some years later many seem happy to go to school in a dress, tights and nail polish. The world has truly changed for the better, hopefully more books like these will catch on, maybe even a few TV shows, I suspect they would be popular.

Yes, it is quite a change isn't it? From here on the world will reflect the attitudes of a different generation.
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