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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 451–452 | Cite as

Lighten Up, Ladies

  • Richard Green
Peer Commentary

Dreger’s meticulously detailed and documented essay is on remarkably even terrain, considering the steep slope on which the events are perched. My concern here is not with the strengths or weaknesses of the Blanchard studies or the Bailey book. Rather, it is with the vortex of vitriol, the unrelenting campaign of character assassination. It could have been different.

Perhaps, as some critics contend, the dichotomization of gender dysphoric persons into two groups is overly reductionistic. But a rational critique could have invoked Kinsey: “The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats…It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separate pigeon-holes” (Kinsey, Pomeroy, & Martin, 1948, p. 639). Thus, there are not only heterosexuals and homosexuals. There are seven categories of sexual orientation on the Kinsey scale.

And, why the furor over whether the need to change sex...

Keywords

Gender Dysphoria Transsexualism Opposing Party Vitriol Kinsey Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineImperial College at Charing Cross HospitalLondonUK

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