Autogynephilia: A scientific review, feminist analysis, and alternative ‘embodiment fantasies’ model

  title={Autogynephilia: A scientific review, feminist analysis, and alternative ‘embodiment fantasies’ model},
  author={Julia M. Serano},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={763 - 778}
  • J. Serano
  • Published 1 July 2020
  • Psychology
  • The Sociological Review
It is generally accepted within psychology and among trans health providers that transgender people who transition do so because they have a gender identity that is incongruent with their birth-assigned sex, and distinct from their sexual orientation. In contradiction to this standard model, the theory of autogynephilia posits that transgender women’s female gender identities and transitions are merely a by-product of their sexual orientations. While subsequent research has yielded numerous… 

How Autogynephilic Are Natal Females?

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  • Psychology
    Sexuality research & social policy : journal of NSRC : SR & SP
  • 2021
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  • F. Ashley
  • Psychology
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
  • 2022
Opposition to gender-affirmative approaches to care for transgender youths by some clinicians has recently begun to consolidate around "gender exploratory therapy" as a proposed alternative. Whereas

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Uma crítica à compreensão parafílica da sexualidade de mulheres transexuais

Este trabalho tem o objetivo de abordar criticamente a teoria da autoginefilia de Ray Blanchard. Segundo o autor, existem dois tipos de mulheres transexuais em função de suas sexualidades: aquelas

Autogynephilia Is a Flawed Framework for Understanding Female Embodiment Fantasies: A Response to Bailey and Hsu (2022)

In this paper, we critically evaluate Bailey and Hsu’s (2022) article, which attempts to refute the existence of “autogynephilia in women.” Blanchard’s (1989a, 1989b) theory of autogynephilia posits

Autogynephilia and Science: A Response to Moser (2022) and Serano and Veale (2022)

  • J. Bailey
  • Biology
    Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • 2022
In an essential review article of autogynephilia, Lawrence (2017) demolished most of the criticisms of Autogynephilic Gender Dysphoria Theory made by Moser and Serano and Veale, specifically referring to prior work by these authors.



The concept of autogynephilia and the typology of male gender dysphoria.

  • R. Blanchard
  • Psychology
    The Journal of nervous and mental disease
  • 1989
The hypothesis that the major types of nonhomosexual gender dysphoria constitute variant forms of one underlying disorder, which may be characterized as autogynephilicGender dysphoria is supported.

Blanchard's Autogynephilia Theory: A Critique

  • C. Moser
  • Psychology
    Journal of homosexuality
  • 2010
The theory that links the sexual orientation of male-to-female transsexuals with the presence or absence of autogynephilia, or erotic arousal by the thought or image of “himself” as a woman, is critiqued.

The Case Against Autogynephilia

ABSTRACT Autogynephilia is a paraphilic model that states that all male-to-female (MtF) transsexuals who are not exclusively attracted toward men are instead sexually oriented toward the thought or

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Sexuality of Male-to-Female Transsexuals

Examining 15 aspects of sexuality among a non-clinical sample of 234 transsexuals and 127 biological females showed that, overall, transsexuals tended to place more importance on partner’s physical attractiveness and reported higher scores on Blanchard's Core Autogynephilia Scale than biological females.

Evidence Against a Typology: A Taxometric Analysis of the Sexuality of Male-to-Female Transsexuals

  • J. Veale
  • Psychology
    Archives of sexual behavior
  • 2014
Results show little support for a taxonomy, which contradicts previous theory that has suggested MF transsexuals’ sexuality is typological.

A Further Assessment of Blanchard’s Typology of Homosexual Versus Non-Homosexual or Autogynephilic Gender Dysphoria

It is concluded that homosexual versus non-homosexual sexual orientation is a dominant and etiologically significant axis for evaluating and understanding this population of male-to-female transgender persons and age and ethnicity were found to be statistically significant predictors of transvestic fetishism.

Gay and Bisexual Identity Development Among Female-to-Male Transsexuals in North America: Emergence of a Transgender Sexuality

The sexual identity of gay and bisexual FtMs appears to mirror the developmental process for nontransgender homosexual men and women in several ways; however, participants also had experiences unique to being both transgender and gay/bisexual.

Autogynephilia in Women

  • C. Moser
  • Psychology
    Journal of homosexuality
  • 2009
An Autogynephilia Scale for Women (ASW) was created from items used to categorize MTFs as autogynephilic in other studies to test the possibility that natal women also experience aut misogynephilia.

The Gender Affirmative Model: What We Know and What We Aim to Learn

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