Friday, February 26, 2021

Millions of Dead Genders: A MOGAI Retrospective

 

Lily Alexandre has made a video about the Tumblr MOGAI generation and their exploration of a myriad of genders and gender expressions. What happened to them and their enemies, the transmedicalist separatists?

Discussion over at Crossdream Life.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

All you need to know about "autogynephilia"


 
"Autogynephilia" has been defined as "a male's propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of himself as a female." 

Note the male pronouns. This is a theory that is actively used in attacks against transgender women. Trans-exclusionary "radical feminists" love the theory, for that very reason.

The AGP theory states that only straight (androphilic) "men" have such fantasies. Women do not. Gay men and straight trans women do not.

In medical circles  the theory does not have much traction as far as understanding transgender women is concerned. The American psychiatric manual, the DSM-5 argues that cross-gender erotic fantasies (also known as crossdreaming or "female/male embodiment fantasies") might simply be an expression of gender variance. The international health manual, the ICD-11, has no references to "autogynephilia", "transvestic fetishism" or any other related terms whatsoever. 

Moreover, both manuals underline that being trans is not a mental illness. The "autogynephilia" theory, however, classifies such fantasies as a "paraphilia" (sexual perversion). 

There are many scientific studies that document that the basic premises of the theory is wrong, and trans people have for the last 30 years or so argued strongly that it does not fit their experience of the world. For instance: There are gay men and androphilic trans women who have such fantasies, as well as many people assigned female at birth.

So does this mean that the theory is dead? Well, nearly. A few MTF feminization enthusiasts, often people who do think of themselves as any shade of transgender, seem to gravitate towards it. To them it may look like it is the only alternative concept that describes their reality. It isn't.

Others seem to see the existence of crossdreaming or cross-gender arousal as proof of "autogynephilia" being a real thing. In other words: They think that since some people use the term "autogynephilia" to describe feminine embodiment fantasies, that must means that the AGP explanation for such fantasies (an "erotic target location error") is true. This is what we can call "a logical target location error."

There are other and more reasonable explanations for why such fantasies appear.

We have gather some essential articles on "autogynephilia" and the "autogynephilia theory" that can help you understand what the debate is all about, and what may really explain why some people have erotic cross-gender fantasies.

More resources from the autogynephilia debate.

Photo: Aleksandar Georgiev

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Transgender lesbian woman tears gender stereotypes apart in viral video

Sometimes posts over at the Crossdreamer tumblr site goes viral, and it is most often when it presents the creative input from some really clever gender variant people. This time it was a video by Eva AKA @ayyy_vuh over at twitter.

Eva manages to give a real life example of a lesbian trans woman who are undeniable both lesbian, butch and a woman. And with humor!

Read the post here! At the moment it has more than 54,000 likes and reblogs.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Do people have night dreams about being "another" gender?

Crossdreaming refers mostly to conscious, day time, cross-gender fantasies, expressions or identities. But do some people dream about being their target gender at night?

Yes, that happens, members of the Crossdream Life forum report. 

Go to:  "Had an actual crossdreaming-themed dream last night."

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Was Ernest Hemingway Transgender?

There is clear evidence that Ernest Hemingway was some shade of transgender.

The American author and Nobel prize winner Ernest Hemingway has been seen as the epitome of hyper-masculinity, with his stories about matadors, hunting and war. 

Indeed, he did play the role of the manly man, also in his private and public lives, although it turns out that he and some of his female friends explored another side of sex and gender.

His male assigned child came out as a transgender woman, but few know that Ernest himself might have been equally transgender. 

His unfinished novel, The Garden of Eden, represents a brave exploration of his own gender variance and his own crossdreaming.

More about Ernest Hemingway's transgender side over at CDL.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Eddie Izzard on being transgender and coming out


 Eddie Izzard is a world famous comedian, actor and crossdreamer. In a new video he (or she, depending on mode) talks about being gender fluid and a lesbian transgender person, about coming and how to make our world a better place.

Trans Express has more about Eddie Izzard, about running marathons and wearing heels.

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