Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 466–468 | Cite as

Politics in Scholarly Drag: Dreger’s Assault on the Critics of Bailey

  • Deirdre McCloskeyEmail author

Dreger defends Bailey at length and assaults those like me who disagreed with his book and his behavior.

Why is the Clarke Institute theory of gender crossing so bad? For one thing, it has trivial scientific support. Dreger claims throughout her long essay that, on the contrary, it has a lot. But look at her citations, which again and again are to the same handful of papers. For another, most students of the matter don’t believe the Clarke Institute. Look at the immense literature, which neither Bailey nor Dreger have much studied, saying that gender crossing is a matter of free choice of identity, not sex, sex, sex. And the worst feature of the theory is the treatment it inspires at the Institute and elsewhere. As Bailey (2003) himself notes, “some psychiatrists refuse to recommend for sex reassignment any man who has had even one incident of erotic crossdressing” (p. 174). That is the problem. That, and the murders and lesser mistreatments which can be laid at the door of those who...


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  1. Bailey, J. M. (2003). The man who would be queen: The science of gender-bending and transsexualism. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press.Google Scholar
  2. McCloskey, D. N. (1999). Crossing: A memoir. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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