Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 430–433 | Cite as

Pretenders to the Throne

  • Talia Mae BettcherEmail author
Peer Commentary
Dreger writes:

As I believe I have shown here, this book [TMWWBQ] isn’t simply pro- or anti-gay or pro- or anti-trans....It’s significantly more complicated than it at first appears, and much more complicated than its cover and its title would lead one to believe. Most importantly for this discussion TMWWBQ is not the book many people assumed it to be—particularly after the phenomenal backlash it received...

Dreger draws this conclusion at the end of Part 3 of her article; it is the conclusion I dispute here. In particular, I show why TMWWBQ is significantly anti-trans. I prefer the term “transphobic” to the terms “anti-trans,” however, because while the latter reduces the issue to mere pro/con positions, the former suggests deep misrepresentation. Dreger points out ways Bailey appears pro-trans. For example, Bailey (2003) is supportive of transsexual surgery as a strategy for promoting happiness among transwomen (p. 209). However, this does not establish the book is not transphobic....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and LettersCalifornia State University, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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