Sunday, 31 July 2016

why Julia Serano is absolutely correct

Transgender woman and activist Julia Serano is absolutely correct.

By using the term Autogynephilia you are giving it weight, substance and validation. Her reasoning is the same as mine: that there is a distinction between acknowledging the erotic overtones experienced by the gynephilic male to female crossdreamer or transgender person and what this word is meant to fully imply which is:

1) That the arousal is a distinct narcissistic sexual orientation
2) That it is the sole driver for the desire to transition and the source of the dysphoria instead of its symptom

Both of these assertions can be easily called into question primarily because they cannot be proven and that is enough to take them out of the realm of scientifically accepted fact. When something is unproven you don't boost its credibility by merely inventing a scientific sounding term. But then science isn't exactly the strong suit of sexologists.

We have made this type of error before with Phrenology and Nymphomania so it wouldn't be the first time.

I myself no longer use the term but simply call it cross gender arousal while Serano has coined the term female embodiment fantasies (or FEFs for short). The point is that this experience could just as easily be a symptom of being trans and gynephilic instead of being the cause of gender dysphoria.

The transgender woman whose screed I referred to some posts ago could care less about what contributes towards making a person transgender and in the end she is right. Even if cross gender arousal was a main element it would still have validity if the person transitions and is happier than before.

The rest is then about what defines a woman and most people would tell you it is DNA and chromosomes which androphilics eagerly espousing AGP because they think it paints them in a better light should consider.

I could care less either way because it has lost its stigma for me but the main inconvenient truth continues to be the fact that most transgender people know they are the way they are years before they hit puberty while AGP theory hinges its credibility on this detail being very much untrue.

I know precisely who I am today after years of trying to figure it out which has helped me immeasurably in combating my dysphoria. By paying attention to this junk science you will only stunt your own advancement towards internal peace.


6 comments:

  1. I like your phrase "cross gender arousal" and prefer it over Julia's female embodiment fantasies. The former fits my experience better. But indeed, I appreciate Julia's work. She adds so much.

    Indeed, I also completely agree with "...the main inconvenient truth continues to be the fact that most transgender people know they are the way they are years before they hit puberty..." That's me in a nutshell and I've often pointed that out to those (including myself at times in my life) who attempt to support the autogynephilia pseudoscience. How they ignore that fact is beyond comprehension.

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    1. Emma its ignored because it has suited the needs of those who wanted to bolster their own causes but there is nothing there solid enough to hang your hat on..

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  2. Serano work on autogynephilia has in many ways been a project of liberation. We owe her much.

    Note also that Lisa Mullin is taking a more ironic look at AGP here!. The basic message is the same.

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    1. Thanks for that Jack I did go to your site and read Lisa's post on this and we very much agree

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  3. Joanna, you know that all these issues have already been discussed and dealt with. Not only is autogynephilia wrong, but so is Serano's political motivated position of transgender reduction (crossdreaming).

    A fetish exists (not "autogynephilia" or "crossgender arousal", but rather a masochistic emasculation fetish), and obviously, whilst the fetish isn't the cause of all gender dysphoric psychologies, it is the usual cause of gender dysphoric psychologies on part of the fetishists in question.

    "most transgender people know they are the way they are years before they hit puberty while AGP theory hinges its credibility on this detail being very much untrue."

    Joanna, again, this is old territory. Sexuality (and the development of it's emotional attachments) exists very early in childhood. What puberty is, is a general increase in sexual capacity, and the period for which masturbation/erogenous stimulation is discovered, being itself the conceptualisation of "sexuality", thus the possible condition for which existing sexual phenomena can be recognised as such.

    "I know precisely who I am today after years of trying to figure it out which has helped me immeasurably in combating my dysphoria. By paying attention to this junk science you will only stunt your own advancement towards internal peace."

    What is core to you, and what must be understood with honesty, is the emotional attachment, that for fetishists it routinely derives from their sexual desires, and importantly that the fetish doesn't necessarily invalidate or constrain any such psychology which may arise out of it.

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  4. I hope you know by now that I will never see your point of view but you are certainly entitled to it. The important thing is that your fetish narrative works for you and that is what matters most because We all need a personal explanation that works for us.

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