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The meaning of "gender bender"

" Gender bender "
A person who adopts a deliberately androgynous appearance, by use of uni-sex make-up, hair-style and clothing. Probably influenced by 'bender' being an earlier slang term for homosexual.
With his eye-liner and lurex catsuits, David Bowie was the archetype gender bender.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 1970s.
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