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gender bender

1. One who dresses and/or behaves in the manner or style of the opposite sex. Tom works as an accountant during the week, but he has a performance routine as a gender bender on the weekend.
2. One who challenges, denies, or explores the borders or limitations of gender identity, typically through means such as activism, transvestitism, academic discourse, etc., or a combination thereof. Some of the leading academic gender benders are gathering this week for a summit on transgender rights.
See also: bender, gender
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MEN could be turned into women because of gender-bending chemicals polluting Britain's waters.
The WWF, which campaigns against harmful environmental chemicals, called the findings "startling - it highlights the need for tougher controls of gender-bending chemicals.
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Mitchell is mesmerising as the gender-bending heroine, clad in a succession of eye-popping outfits.
Also the implications of the gender-bending, ignored in many productions, are here exposed, men fancy men and women fall for women, and in this swinging milieu it's no big deal.
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And now, the legendary singer/actress has given blessings to Depp's gender-bending plans.
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