Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 489–490 | Cite as

Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Dichotomized: Transgender Homosexuality in Israel

  • Amir RosenmannEmail author
  • Marilyn P. Safir
Peer Commentary

Dreger’s illuminative narrative of the TMWWBQ controversy is highly informative in explicating the emergence of the constricted discourse surrounding Bailey’s book. Unfortunately, the discourse became disproportionately focused on the topics of autogynephilia and homosexual transsexuality and its clashes with transsexual self-narratives. This discourse has shifted attention from many other significant issues Bailey popularized in his book. We believe that his discussion of models of homosexuality and their apparent relations with gender non-conformity warrants more complete scrutiny. This, then, is the focus of our comment.

Before Bailey (2003) turns to his highly controversial discussion of transsexuality, he distinguishes between “egalitarian homosexuality” and “transgender homosexuality.” Egalitarian homosexuality, considered most prevalent in Western societies, is defined as the relationship between “two individuals of similar age and social class” (p. 137), a relationship in...


Sexual Minority Sexual Role Individualistic Culture Trans Woman Heterosexual Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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