Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 1–22 | Cite as

Where Christ Did Not Go: Men, Women and Frusculicchi

Gender Identity Disorder (GID): Epistemological and Ethical Issues Relating to the Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Simona Giordano


Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is classified as a mental illness and included in the DSM-IV and ICD-10. It will also be included in the DSM-V. The psychiatric diagnosis, in spite of some apparent advantages, has significant psychological and social adverse implications. This paper discusses some of the main epistemological reasons to consider gender variance as a mental disorder. It will also evaluate whether reasons of other kinds (pragmatic, rather than epistemological) may justify the inclusion of gender variance amongst mental illnesses.


Mental Illness Psychiatric Diagnosis Gender Identity Gender Variance Gender Dysphoria 
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  • Simona Giordano
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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