Transvestites and Transsexuals: Toward a Theory of by Richard F. Docter

By Richard F. Docter

The goal of this ebook is to suggest a conception of transvestism and secondary transsexualism, and to supply info referring to those behaviors. My view of those issues is far like that of Benjamin (1966) and approximately all different gender researchers. It holds syndrome of comparable behaviors might be pointed out, starting from fetishism via transvestism, transgenderism, and secondary transsexualism. yet de­ scription is something and clarification of reasons is one other. I believe different gender researchers (e. g. , eco-friendly & cash, 1969; Stoller, 1985c) who've concluded that the factors of transvestism and transsexualism re­ major principally unknown. however the indisputable fact that we can't absolutely clarify the origins of transvestism or secondary transsexualism doesn't suggest complete idea is very unlikely. certainly, very good theoretical statements were proposed touching on every one of those issues (Ban­ croft, 1972; Buckner, 1970; Buhrich & McConaghy, 1977a; cash & Ehrhardt, 1972; Ovesey & individual, 1973, 1976; individual & Ovesey, 1974a,b; Stoller, 1968a, 1974, 1985c). it truly is with huge admire, consequently, that we recognize either the powerful shoulders on which we stand, and in addition the simpler indisputable fact that we've drawn seriously upon the various contributions of those researchers. The strategy i've got followed has an identical medical problems that faced all of those prior workers.

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There is a long history of feminine identification but without full rejection of his masculine identity: "I was always, from the earliest childhood, disappointed that I had had the bad fortune of being a man, so I resolved to do as much as possible to correct that. " He perceives himself as being able to set his masculine identity aside and of even having two different styles of handwriting, one masculine and the other feminine. A typical cross dressing session includes such activities as attending his TV -TS club meeting or going to a gay bar and finding someone to go home with for the night.

It is said that when a 2-year test period of living in the opposite gender role is required, as called for in the standards of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (1985), many of these men will abandon their belief that such a change is imperative (Steiner, 1985b). The nationally publicized case of Rene Richards, who became a transsexual after achieving distinction as an eye surgeon and a tennis Chapter 2 34 champion, has been reported in autobiographic form (Richards & Ames,1983).

What brought this about was the chance to experiment with the clothing in the privacy of my apartment. The thrill of shopping was almost as great as dressing and I could hardly wait to get home and to try the new things on. This need to dress just came about overwhelmingly when I knew I could dress in private and not be caught. I lived in a big city and by now was completely aware of other transvestites and also knew about drag shows. There wasn't a great amount of literature available at that time, but through conversation with other people in drag (mostly at the drag shows), I knew that I wanted to dress completely from head to toe as a woman.

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