Science, Politics and Clinical Intervention: Harry Benjamin, Transsexualism and the Problem of Heteronormativity

  title={Science, Politics and Clinical Intervention: Harry Benjamin, Transsexualism and the Problem of Heteronormativity},
  author={Richard Ekins},
  pages={306 - 328}
  • R. Ekins
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Psychology
  • Sexualities
Harry Benjamin (1885–1986) is the founding father of contemporary western transsexualism. This article examines Harry Benjamin’s work on transsexuality from the standpoint of the interrelations between science, politics and clinical intervention, with particular reference to issues concerning transsexuality and the ‘problem’ of heteronormativity. The article argues that Harry Benjamin’s writings evidence a shift from a relative openness towards diversity in his original formulations, to an… 

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