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disproving the unprovable

Some of the more analytically minded among us have been actively working to disprove the work of Ray Blanchard; one the most noteable example being Julia Serano. My question would be why?

I am among the loudest critics of his work but I don't need to disprove it, I only need to point to its gaping flaws. His hypothesis is that presence of a phenomena is a driver for something else. The hitch of course is that he lacks conclusive proof. I as the defense lawyer need do nothing because the onus is on the prosecuting attorney.

If I use my own life as an example, I credit the presence of any erotic overtones with being one of the primary drivers in preventing me from transitioning instead of directing me towards it. I am a borderline transsexual and if you read the early days of this blog and this was the aspect that terrified me the most. I just wanted to be normal.

Has Blanchard failed to provide the burden of proof? absolutely. There is nothing to disprove then.

I make a counter proposal here on a regular basis: that the presence of any erotic overtones are part and parcel of the contradiction inherent in having gender dysphoria, a body powered on male hormones and being heterosexual.

My assertion has just as much validity as Blanchard's. Go ahead and prove that I am wrong.

At this point only one of two things will change my mind: Blanchard builds a scientifically solid case or I stop using my head. Neither of which is likely to happen anytime soon.

Perhaps disproving the unprovable is burning energy for naught.



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  1. Joanna,

    I just recently came across your blog and I absolutely love it. Your theory that the erotic overtones may simply arise from being heterosexual, transgender, and flooded with testosterone is marvelous. Why not? But I must say that the feelings were with me even as a child in grade school... it was erotic in its own way. So I've wondered if perhaps the feelings also arise from the fantasy of being "right in the world," my true gender. It does feel great after all, doesn't it?

    As for Blanchard: I feel he did a lot of harm to many including me, adding to my shame instead of helping contribute to helpful understanding and compassion. That is simply unconscionable in my book. I wonder where I'd be if I'd never had to contend with his crap.

    Anyway, thanks for your blog. I am very much looking forward to exploring it and learning from you.

    Hugs,

    Emma

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    1. Emma I am glad to help in any way. The best way to fight misinformation is to read up and learn. This is what I did and found the emperor had no clothes. Not everyone is as bothered as I was but for me the exercise helped me come to terms with who I was because this is how my mind works. I needed to look beyond the curtain only to see a tiny man operating a megaphone and an effect machine (remember the wizard of Oz?). This is now how I think of Blanchard. Be well!!

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