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Robert Withers vs. transgender people

Robert Withers is a British psychologist and anti-transgender activist.

Withers was a member of the anti-trans organization Pediatric & Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group.


Robert “Bob” Withers earned a master’s degree from University of Sussex.

Withers helped establish the Rock Clinic in Kemp Town in 1990.

Anti-trans activism

In 2015, Withers published an article titled “The seventh penis,” which was later withdrawn over patient consent issues:

The above article published online on 19 May 2015 in Wiley Online Library (, and in print and online in issue 60:3 (cover date June 2015) has been withdrawn by agreement between the author, the journal’s Editors-in-Chief, Marcus West and Nora Swan-Foster, and John Wiley & Sons Limited. The withdrawal has been agreed because consent to publish was not obtained. The author and the journal apologize for this oversight.


Flourish, Clare (July 26, 2020). Robert Withers.

Admin (Sep 13, 2021). The full story: the misconduct of anti-trans psychotherapist Robert Withers. We talk with Ms. A. Transiness

Withers R (2020). Transgender medicalization and the attempt to evade psychological distress. J Anal Psychol. 2020 Nov;65(5):865-889.

Withers R (2015). The seventh penis: towards effective psychoanalytic work with pre-surgical transsexuals. J Anal Psychol. 2015 Jun;60(3):390-412.

Withdrawal statement: R. Withers, ‘The seventh penis: towards effective psychoanalytic work with pre-surgical transsexuals’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2015, 60, 3, 390-412, (


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