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an epic fail

This will be my last post from my recent series dealing with Autogynephila.

You see, Blanchard proposes that it is erotic arousal that drives gynephilic men to transition. But then here is the rub: once they have received cross-sex hormones why do they not recant and simply revert to being men? After all the HRT treatment destroys the male sex drive which is supposed to feed this desire in the first place.

The fact that this does not happen is further proof that you cannot reduce gender dysphoria to a simple model about a misdirected sex drive. No there is much more here than meets the eye.

Anne Lawrence tries to come to the rescue of her mentor in one of her essays by saying that the erotic drive of a younger man becomes replaced with affection and love in an older person. Referring to late life transitions, she employs the analogy of what happens in a traditional marriage where the initial sparks of pheromone-driven passion wane in favour of a deeper love borne of shared experience and companionship.

But this still doesn’t quite cut it I am afraid because its hardly convincing. Most of all it doesn't ring true to my own experience as a dysphoric person who has been this way all my life.

You see, 99% of the male population would never dream of even considering such a procedure and the men who are driven by fetish would certainly be among them since they want to continue to remain male and enjoy their proclivities.

The conclusion that one inevitably reaches is that gender dysphoria contains many elements (including sexual) but cannot be simplified to a model of misdirected homosexuality (for androphilics) or target location error (for gynephilics).

The work that remains now should be conducted by real scientists instead of psychologists with predetermined ideas.

But AGP as a theory, fits the political needs of select groups. It pleases the religious literalists, the rampant feminists, the ideologically driven conservatives and the academically ambitious psychologist types who wouldn't know science if it slammed them square on the forehead.

If anything, I hope I have poked enough holes in Blanchard’s already woefully leaky work to leave you thinking. If you weren’t familiar with it (or that of his posse) you might want to read more about them. If for no other reason you should in order to understand the arguments of people who presume they have this very complex subject all figured out as well as their less than scientific methods.

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  1. I agree with your arguments. We are all sexual beings......and sex is just one part of the equation for all of us to understand who we are......It is not any different for transsexuals or transgenders. They need to try to understand the whole individual and not just to look at isolated things to try to explain things they don't understand...i say to the researchers...go back and do your homework.....

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