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three groups of supporters

The way I see it there are basically three distinct groups of Blanchard and Bailey supporters:

• Gynephilic transsexuals desperately looking for an explanation for the way they are and clinging to whatever they can find
• Androphilic transsexuals who tell themselves: I might be mentally ill but at least I am not a pervert
• Academics (some well-meaning and some not) who don’t have and never will have gender dysphoria but think they have found something solid in his work

Fundamentally the only thing Ray Blanchard has ever done is interview people, categorize them into two groups and then somehow concluded that all transitions are driven by sexual motives. Any stories that did not correlate with his hypothesis were systematically dismissed as lying. He then invented a sexually-fuelled mental illness and called it Autogynephilia.

The best analogy I can find for this scenario is Ron L Hubbard’s invention of his own religion. He calls it Scientology and over a number of decades dupes countless people into believing it is somehow all true.

A curious scientist would go further and examine the following questions:

• If there are indeed two types what are the main differences and where are the areas of overlap if any?
• Where does the arousal component for gynephilics come from, how does it compete with normal heterosexual functioning and how does it influence a decision to transition if at all?
• What are the differences between androphilic and gynephilic pre-transition sexual fantasies
• Why don’t all gynephilics want or need to transition?
• What is the dividing line between a transvestite/crossdresser and a gynephilic transsexual?
• Why don’t all androphilics want to transition and what is the dividing line between an effeminate boy and an androphilic transsexual?
• Is there a possible biological cause for gender dysphoria and what does the latest research tell us?
• If my patients are not lying and they trace their feelings to early childhood what happens to gynephilics during puberty that creates this conflict between perceived identity and normal sexual functioning?

These are questions we actually don’t have answers to but you won’t find this kind of analysis in Blanchard’s writing because he doesn’t want or need to work that hard. The best way to get around this effort is simply tell everyone that the people you are treating are mentally ill and delusional. This saves you the work of having to explain things or look for other possible causes.

Except I don’t know about you but my mind is in perfect working order.

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