Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls: Tips, Tales, & Teachings from the Dean of the World's First Cross-Dressing Academy (Paperback)

Tips, Tales, & Teachings from the Dean of the World's First Cross-Dressing Academy

By Veronica Vera

Main Street Books, 9780385484565, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 1997

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Description

It is estimated that three to five percent of the adult male population of the United States feels the need, at least occasionally, to dress in women's clothing. Judging from enrollment at her academy, Miss Vera would say that figure is low.


Veronica Vera founded Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in 1992 and started a gender revolution. Working from the pink palace of the Academy's intimate Manhattan campus, she has helped hundreds of students embrace and master Venus Envy through her expert instruction in the arts of dressing up, making up, going out, and acting like a lady. In her new book, she shares her priceless wisdom with the world.


With sparkling wit and dazzling insight, Miss V gives us the 411 on body hair, foundation garments, make-up, and dressing, as well as offering invaluable advice on Creating a Herstory (finding the real life story of the femmeself within) speech, manners, walking in high heels, and--that biggest step of all--going out in the real world all dressed up. Amply illustrated and filled with the real stories of students and graduates, Miss Vera's Finishing School also offers a fascinating history of how the Academy came to be, as well as Miss Vera's own incisive gender manifesto.


"As we step boldly toward the new millennium, many more of us will be doing it in high heels," says Veronica Vera. In Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, she proves conclusively that, after a long day in wingtips, there's nothing like slipping into a pair of spiked heels.


About the Author

Veronica Vera, creator and founder of Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, is an artist and writer who has authored hundreds of articles on human sexuality. She has lectured and performed in universities and galleries in the United States and internationally. In 1985, Miss Vera testified for freedom of expression before a Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Arlen Specter in Washington, DC. Her testimony was included in the Meese Commission report. In 1989, she helped to reorganize PONY, the New York sex workers' rights organization. Her video docu-diary Portrait of a Sexual Evolutionary, which includes the Washington testimony, sparked a censorship controversy at the University of Michigan Law School in 1992, and the artists represented by the ACLU prevailed. She is currently on the board of directors of Feminists For Free Expression. Veronica Vera grew up in New Jersey, has traveled around the world, and lives in New York City. She has a fabulous wardrobe.
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