Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 481–484 | Cite as

The Bailey Affair: Political Correctness and Attacks on Sex Research

  • Bruce RindEmail author
Peer Commentary

In Dreger’s history of the Bailey affair, readers are informed about yet another attack on a sex researcher and his work, which came into conflict with others’ political views or agendas. Bailey, a Northwestern University psychologist and sexologist, published a book arguing that male-to-female (MTF) transsexuals are motivated to become females for erotic, not gender identity, reasons. Some, he argued, are sexually aroused by the thought of being a woman (autogynephiles) and others have felt female since birth and want to be transwomen for easier access to sexual relationships with men (homosexual transsexuals). He specifically rejected the explanation favored by many therapists and trans persons of “feminine essence,” that MTF transsexuals are women trapped in men’s bodies, and their motivation for becoming women is based on gender identity, having nothing to do with sex, sexual behavior, or sexual orientation. Bailey did not merely reject this explanation as incorrect, but as...


Anorexia Nervosa Child Sexual Abuse Academic Freedom Political Correctness Victimization Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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