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Men Trapped in Men's Bodies

Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism

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  • © 2013


  • First to document extensively the feelings and experiences of autogynephilic male-to-female transsexuals in their own words
  • Elucidates and largely validates one theory of transsexual motivation proposed in the academic literature, a theory that heretofore has lacked strong empirical support
  • First to address comprehensively autogynephilic eroticism as motivation driving sex reassignment
  • Addresses and explicates many of the controversial theories and conjectures proposed in the academic literature
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Part of the book series: Focus on Sexuality Research (FOSR)

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There are few topics in sex research as compelling and confounding to researchers, clinicians, and the general public as that of transsexualism. Upending normative notions of gender, eroticism, and identity, it poses significant scientific and clinical challenges. The book addresses a fascinating and largely unexplored topic within the study of transsexualism: The feelings and desires of conventionally masculine men who are attracted to women yet want to become women themselves. Through a collection and discussion of vivid first-person narratives, the book provides an in-depth examination of these men's unusual propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of themselves as women and how these men's sexual feelings influence their decisions to seek or undergo sex reassignment.
These narratives about autogynephilia by autogynephilic male-to-female (MtF) transsexuals provide the first comprehensive documentation of the erotic ideation that underlies the most common form of MtF transsexualism. The narratives provide empirical evidence for Blanchard's theory of MtF transsexual motivation, and thus are of interest to researchers and theorists studying the phenomenology of MtF transsexualism. The narratives are likely to be eye-opening to psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and other professionals who work with MtF transsexuals: Most clinicians probably do not fully appreciate the erotic underpinnings of their clients' condition. A better understanding of their clients' autogynephilic feelings and motivations would enable these professionals to provide more empathetic and effective clinical care.


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“In this highly informative book, Lawrence analyzes theory and research on autogynephilia and presents excerpts from a rich array of first-person narratives collected from autogynephilic individuals. … Her prose is clear, crisp, precise, and facilitates understanding of a complex phenomenon. In sum, Lawrence has written a book that will be of great value to researchers, clinicians, lay people, and, perhaps most importantly of all, to people who experience autogynephilic feelings and desires.” (Richard A. Lippa, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 44, 2015)

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  • University of Lethbridge, Seattle, USA

    Anne A. Lawrence

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