LINK: A New Introduction to Autogynephilia (by Anne Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.)
Dr. Lawrence has been getting stuff published via cronies at International Academy of Sex Research:
Lawrence AA. (1999) Change of sexual orientation in transsexuals. (letter) Arch Sex Behav 28(6): 581-583.
A commentary on C.T. Daskalos’s “Changes in sexual orientation of six heterosexual male-to-female transsexuals,” which appeared in Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 27, 1998, pp. 605-613. Daskalos purports to document dramatic changes in the sexual orientation of six of his transsexual informants that appear to have taken place almost effortlessly. A careful reading of his article, however, reveals that Daskalos has demonstrated nothing of the sort. Although the self-reports by Daskalos’s informants reveal some changes in sexual fantasies and sexual behavior, there is no evidence of a true change in sexual orientation, at least as that term is commonly used. It could be some time before rigorous studies of sexual arousal patterns in male-to-female transsexuals can clarify whether changes in sexual orientation after gender transition actually occur, but in the meantime, papers such as that by Daskalos only serve to cloud understanding of this complicated issue.
Lawrence AA. (2003). Factors associated with satisfaction or regret following male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 32, 299-315.
ABSTRACT: This study examined factors associated with satisfaction or regret following sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in 232 male-to-female transsexuals operated on between 1994 and 2000 by one surgeon using a consistent technique. Participants, all of whom were at least 1 year postoperative, completed a written questionnaire concerning their experiences and attitudes. Participants reported overwhelmingly that they were happy with their SRS results and that SRS had greatly improved the quality of their lives. None reported outright regret and only a few expressed even occasional regret. Dissatisfaction was most strongly associated with unsatisfactory physical and functional results of surgery. Most indicators of transsexual typology, such as age at surgery, previous marriage or parenthood, and sexual orientation, were not significantly associated with subjective outcomes. Compliance with minimum eligibility requirements for SRS specified by the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association was not associated with more favorable subjective outcomes. The physical results of SRS may be more important than preoperative factors such as transsexual typology or compliance with established treatment regimens in predicting postoperative satisfaction or regret.
Lawrence AA, Latty EM, Chivers M, Bailey JM. Measurement of sexual arousal in postoperative male-to-female transsexuals using vaginal photoplethysmography. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Lawrence AA. (2004). Autogynephilia: A paraphilic model of gender identity disorder. [PDF] Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 8(1/2), 69-87. Also available as a chapter in Transgender Subjectivities: A Clinician’s Guide (2004), published by Haworth Press.
Lawrence AA. (2004). Clinical and theoretical parallels between Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder. [PDF] Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research Thirtieth Annual Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.
Gender Chat #28: Autogynephilia [archive] (by Barbara Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW)
Here’s a good link I came across. It turns out Anne Lawrence was getting chummy with Dr. Anderson sometime after 1999, filling her good collegue’s head with all sorts of weirdness about proper treatment and screening for “autogynephilic” folks. Dr. Anderson took this info to heart, and began applying a new screening method to slipstream severe “autogynephile”-types into the vaginoplasty route, instead of doing more gatekeeping. This is the same Dr. Anderson who approved Kendra Blewitt for vaginoplasty, presumably using screening based on Anne Lawrence’s criteria.