Skip to main content

part of the historical record

I want you to do what I didn’t do for the longest time; look past your cross-gender arousal. Because if you get stuck there, like I did, you won’t be able to analyze your feelings and understand who you really are. For the longest time I thought my experiencing it meant that I wasn’t transgender which isn’t true. In fact, it turns out that I am in very good company.

Ray Blanchard used the existence of this arousal as the foundation of his theorizing which itself was based on Kurt Freund’s work in measuring sexual stimulation in pedophiles and homosexuals being screened prior to entering the Czech army. The end result of all this work was, by the late 1980's, essentially an attempt to stigmatize transsexuals by accusing them of either being perverts or, in the case of androphilics, gay men who wanted sex with straight men so badly they tried to become women.

Instead of trying to comprehend the origins of the cross-gender identification, Blanchard used the existence of the arousal as being the very cause of the feelings instead of being a symptom. Understanding this became an epiphany for me and I was finally able to break free of the trap that had haunted me for so long.

Not only was Blanchard’s work deeply flawed due to its absence of proof but it was also strangely mean-spirited. It made one suspicious due to its running counter to what most scientists would do given the same data. Instead of leaving questions open, he simply invents a condition known as “Autogynephilia” to tie up loose ends and leaves it at that without being able to dig deeper into understanding the identification. The trans person then became a paraphilic rather than someone with an identity which didn’t match their birth sex.

This is lazy science of course because the proper work requires we dig deeper and go into areas of the brain we have not yet properly mapped. The right answer would be to say we don't know rather than push ideas that don't give nearly a complete enough portrait of what is going on which is the fatal flaw here.

Today Blanchard's work has thankfully been abandoned by all serious practitioners working with trans issues, but it remains an interesting historical record of what can happen when science becomes tinged with bias and preconceived ideas steeped in social moralizing which cannot be proven but are nevertheless proliferated as being hard science.

A passing glance at Blanchard’s twitter feed will reveal a bitter individual who is frustrated his work has become irrelevant and, given his animosity tinged comportment, I am not the least bit sorry for it.

Comments

Post a comment

Popular posts from this blog

my last post

This will be my last blog post.

When I wrote recently that this blog had another seven years of life in it I was trying to convince myself that it was true. It was in fact a little bit of self delusion.

With almost 3,000 posts to date I have accomplished what I set out to do which was to heal myself and in the process share some of the struggle I had been through with others on the chance they might find some value in my words. After seven years of writing, my life still isn't perfect; no one's is. But I have discovered a path forward completely free of the trappings which society would have had me adopt so I could fit in.

Over the last 25 years of my life I have turned over every stone I could find while exploring this topic and in the process realized that we haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this deeply complex subject. What I have ultimately learned is that my instincts have more value than what someone who isn't gender dysphoric writes about me. We are …

epilogue

While this blog is most definitely over, I wanted to explain that part of the reason is that it was getting in the way of writing my next book called "Notes, Essays and Short Stories from the North" which will combine philosophy, trans issues, my observations on life, some short fiction and things that have happened to me over my life and continue to (both trans related and not).

When it is complete I will post the news here and will be happy to send you a free copy upon request in either PDF or eBook format. All I ask is that you provide me with some feedback once you're done reading it.

I'm only in the early stages so it will be a while.

Be well all of you....

sample pages...
















One transgender woman's take on AGP

This entry from the transhealth website dates back to 2001 and it offers a very nice dissection of the now mostly debunked but still controversial AGP theory and how this transgender woman could care two cents about it. People who have been trying to marginalize the experience of gynephilic transwomen have pushed for the stigmatizing idea that they are actually perverted men.

Well this soul, who couldn't give a hoot either way, isn't buying any of it and her frankness at times had me chuckling to myself as I read her posting.

If we ever met I would give her a hug for seeing through the BS but mostly for being herself:

"About a year ago I was reading on Dr. Anne Lawrence’s site about a new theory of the origin of trans called “autogynephilia.” This theory asserts that many trans women—and transsexual women in particular—desire reassignment surgery because they are eroticizing the feminization of their bodies.

The first thing that struck me about it, of course, was that it …