Autogynephilia…

By , January 8, 2009 1:23 am

The Bilerico Project has a good post up about autogynephilia and the status of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

The term autogynephilia (literally “loving oneself as a woman”) comes from Dr. Robert Blanchard, who said:

“All gender dysphoric males who are not sexually oriented toward men are instead sexually oriented toward the thought or image of themselves as women.”

Blanchard is on the committee to revise the DSM and will have some say in whether or not GID stays listed as a mental disorder.

I’m particularly interested in following the discussion around autogynephilia as an explanation for trans behaviors because one of its big proponents teaches at the college I attended.

Autogynephilia proponents are pretty ridiculous, as is anyone who says “I know what you’re feeling and why better than you do.”

-R

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