I have an idea for a costume for our Halloween party that involves my not only dressing in drag but also explicitly calling out the fact that a guy dressing in drag shouldn't be as big a deal as it often is. Seems like a good idea to me - but as a white, cis, straight male I want to be sure I'm aware of any offense I might give to less privileged groups before making a final decision on whether to go through with the costume.
My girlfriend and I are throwing a Halloween party, for which the theme is other holidays. I had the idea of going as March 8th, International Women's Day, by wearing a dress and adding an "I Need Feminism because this costume shouldn't be transgressive" poster (à la Who Needs Feminism"
project). In part I like the poster part of the costume because I think that project is very cool, but the main reason I wanted to add that is because I didn't want people to think I was just wearing a dress to get a laugh, because that would DEFINITELY be humor at the expense of trans* people. That's not what I'm going for at all - I just have fond memories of celebrating International Women's Day when I was in the Peace Corps.
I have little experience with trans* issues. I know there have been some problematic interactions with some radfems, though. So here is my question for MeFi: is it likely that a trans* person or an ally for trans* rights would find this costume offensive? If it is likely, is there a way to fix that? Or would it be best to just scratch the costume idea, and find some other way to recognize International Women's Day that does not involve cross dressing?
(To be clear, I am not myself a cross-dresser, so this is not a case of me advocating for myself - if it were, I wouldn't give a damn what other people thought about it. Or not as much of one, anyway.)