Gender disguise has been used by women and girls to pass as male in society and by men and boys to pass themselves off as female.
Gender disguise has also been used as a plot device in storytelling and is a recurring motif in literature, theater, and film. Historically, some women have cross-dressed to take up male-dominated or male-exclusive professions, such as military service.
Nevertheless, many cultures around the world still prohibit women from wearing trousers or other traditionally male clothing.
Some people cross-dress as a matter of comfort or style, out of personal preference for clothing associated with the opposite sex.
A drag king is a counterpart of the drag queen but usually for much different audiences, and is defined as a female-assigned person who adopts a masculine persona in performance or imitates a male film or pop-music star.