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The Harry Benjamin Syndrome Part 1: When transactivism becomes transphobic

Some of you may have heard about the so-called Harry Benjamin Syndrome.

It is a term developed by transwomen who vehemently oppose any association between them and whom I have called crossdreamers, among them crossdressers.

The argument is that science has proved that this particular group of transwomen, the HBS women, are real women brain wise, and that transitioning male to female crossdreamers (men who get turned on by the idea of having a woman's body, including crossdressers) are not.

In three posts I will take a look at a new book from the Harry Benjamin Syndrome camp, and see if their arguments hold water.

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The invisible female to male crossdressers and crossdreamers

The myth of the non-existent female to male crossdreamer or crossdresser is crumbling. It turns out that women can be gender confused as well, without being homosexual or even transsexual.

Gender stereotypes have it that only men can be perverts. For some peculiar reason men are the ones who most wholeheartedly promote this standpoint. Many male to female crossdressers, for instance, seem resigned to "the fact" that they are nothing but "fetishist" and that the women they worship never are. They believe it is their male testosterone driven urges that drives them to them dressing up as women. They have no "inner woman".
Many sexologists and most evolutionary psychologists seem to agree. Ray Blanchard, who has looked at men who get turned on by imagining themselves as women, consider these woman-loving "autogynephiliacs" a completely different category from the "homosexual transsexuals" (i.e. M2F man-loving transwomen).
The "autogynephiliacs"  (who I call crossdreamers)  are suffering from a male typcal paraphilia, according to Blanchard, and a can in no way be considered feminine. As for female to male transsexuals, they are all "homosexuals". There are no female to male "paraphiliacs".
I must say that I have found this very strange. Why should the variety of nature bring us male to female  "autogynephiliacs" and crossdressers,  but no female to male "autoandrophiliacs"?
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Effeminate Tomboy

Over at Fauxmos HQ my friend Anwen has posted about her gender identity:

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Today I Am...

I help moderate a blog called 'We haven't kissed enough pretty girls'. It is a place for anyone who rejects binary gender and sexuality identities.

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Gallup Poll Says 50 Percent of Americans Accept Gay Relations; Oh Really?

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So, now that we're halfway there, according to Gallup, should we lay this puppy to rest? Clayton M. McCleskey of the Dallas Morning News believes so. "So, hopefully this all adds up to mean we'll soon be able to lay this hot button topic to rest and move on. There are so many other, more important issues that we should spend our time debating."

Well, let's see now. Why don't I get together with my ex-girlfriend for the day? We can hold hands and walk down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Along the route we'll kiss, once or twice. I wonder how far we'll get before some passerby shouts something cruel to us or worse. Michigan Avenue ain't Boys Town. It's populated with all sorts of individuals, including homophobes.

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Do You Give a Damn?

As a bisexual woman posting on a sex-positive, gender equality website, I'd be preaching to the choir if it weren't for the fact that Sex Gender Body gets many different readers.

"The Give a Damn Campaign is for everybody who cares about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality." The project is the work of the True Colors Fund, founded by Cyndi Lauper, who has been a GLBT advocate for 25 years. (Cyndi says she's straight. I have to admit, I thought she wasn't.)

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Nature is a DJ

Jack Molay takes a look at the current state of biological research and what it can mean for the transgendered.

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Reflections on the Proposed DSM5 Revisions and the Role of Community Consultation

The proposed revisions for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual edition 5 (DSM-5) -- which governs mental health diagnoses -- have been released.

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Men who want to have a woman's body (Autogynephilia for Dummies)

On men who are turned on by the idea of having sex in a woman's body. Are they perverts or something natural?

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