Clinical observations and systematic studies of autogynephilia.J. Sex Marital Ther. 17: 235-251

Gender Identity Clinic, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (Impact Factor: 1.27). 02/1991; 17(4):235-51. DOI: 10.1080/00926239108404348
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The term autogynephilia denotes a male's paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman. This term subsumes transvestism as well as erotic ideas or situations in which women's garments per se play a small role or none at all. This review article presents clinical examples of the lesser known types of autogynephilia (i.e., those in which the element of cross-dressing is secondary or entirely absent), sketches earlier attempts to label and conceptualize these phenomena, summarizes recent quantitative studies exploring the relationships between autogynephilia and other psychosexual variables (e.g., heterosexual attraction), and speculates on the etiology of autogynephilia and its relationship to transsexualism. It is concluded that the concept of autogynephilia is needed to fill a gap in our current battery of concepts and categories for thinking about gender identity disorders.

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    • "Within the paraphilias, fraternal birth order has been examined mostly in pedohebephilia and autogynephilia (a male’s sexual interest in himself in a female or feminized form; Blanchard, 1989a, 1991), but also in exhibitionism and transvestism. None has thus far been associated with a birth order effect. "
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    • "Autogynephilia among homosexual MTFs, because of largely unspecified aspects of their development (see Ovesey & Person, 1976), was presumed to be extremely rare or nonexistent. These individuals were said to be sexually aroused, not by the thought or image of the " woman within, " but by actual physical characteristics of other biological males (Blanchard, 1991). "
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    • "He saw this as a likeness to heterosexual pair bonding: after years of marriage, sexual excitement with a partner tends to decrease, however one continues to be just as attached to that person. Similarly the desire to have a female body can continue in some permanent " love-bond " (Blanchard, 1991). "
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