A Social Psychology of a History of a Snippet in the Psychology of Transgenderism
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This is not a simple story. It is so complex that it is hard to know what is the story. For Dreger, the story is the plight of Bailey after he wrote The Man Who Would Be Queen. I would not define the situation this way, but the intersection of our perspectives is very personal to me. I am a psychologist with passionate convictions about the value of our field as a scientific endeavor. I am also transgendered and have, at times, identified myself as everything from “oh no, not me” to cross-dresser, to transsexual, to bi-gendered (someone who embraces different gender roles in different situations).1 I was a member of Bailey’s “sexnet” discussion list for years before his book and I corresponded with many “pro-” and “anti-” autogynephilia advocates. I was among the first members of Arune’s discussion list for the support of those who identify with autogynephilia, even though I disagree with autogynephilia as a scientific account. I know the “us-versus-them”2group polarization mentality...
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