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Charles Moser and transgender people

Charles Moser is an American physician specializing in internal medicine and focusing on sexual medicine. Moser is based in San Francisco and focuses research and practice on individuals in the LGBT, kink, and fetish communities. Described by sex therapist Marty Klein as a national forensic expert, Moser is well known in the field.

Moser frequently writes to oppose diagnosing¬†“paraphilias,”¬†dyspareunia,¬†hypersexuality,¬†and other sexual interests and behaviors as disorders.

Background

Charles Allen Moser¬†was born in 1952. Moser received a bachelor’s degree from¬†State University of New York at Stony Brook¬†in 1974.¬†Moser then earned a master’s degree from the¬†University of Washington¬†in 1975¬†and a degree from the¬†Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality¬†in 1979.¬†Moser later served as Professor of Sexology and Dean of Professional Studies there. Moser earned a medical degree¬†from¬†Hahnemann University¬†School of Medicine, a¬†homeopathic¬†medical school, in 1991.¬†Moser has practiced as a board-certified¬†Internal Medicine¬†physician since 1994. Moser has served as the President of the Western Region of the¬†Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality¬†and has served on the Editorial Board of¬†San Francisco Medicine.

Moser was the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Sexual Science Award from the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Moser served on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality from 2001 to 2003 and on the Board for the St. James Infirmary Clinic from 2006 to 2008. Moser was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2006.

Moser’s publications have included discussions of¬†“paraphilia,” use of¬†Viagra¬†by women,¬†foot fetishes,¬†nipple piercing, sadomasochism, safer sex,¬†orgasm, and the effects of recreational drugs on sexual functioning. Moser has estimated that the prevalence of¬†sadomasochism¬†is around 10% of the population. The specific “paraphilias” Moser has questioned as mental illnesses include pedophilia, hebephilia, sadism, autogynephilia, and¬†zoophilia.¬†Moser’s views have been criticized by conservatives.

Moser and¬†Peggy Kleinplatz¬†have criticized aspects of the¬†Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,¬†arguing for the removal of¬†“paraphilias”¬†and¬†dyspareunia¬†from the manual. They wrote, “The equating of unusual sexual interests with psychiatric diagnoses has been used to justify the oppression of sexual minorities and to serve political agendas. A review of this area is not only a scientific issue, but also a human rights issue.”

Society of Janus Hall of Fame

In 2017, Moser founded the nonprofit Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute.

In 2024, Moser moved his practice to exclusively telemedecine.

Selected publications

Moser, C. (2011). Yet another paraphilia definition fails. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(3), 483-485, 10.1007/s10508-010-9717-x

Shindel, AW; Moser, C. (2011). Why are the Paraphilias mental disorders? The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8(3), 927-929. 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02087.x.

Moser, C. (2010). Blanchard’s Autogynephilia Theory: A critique. Journal of Homosexuality, 57(6), 790-809.¬†doi:10.1080/00918369.2010.486241

Moser CA (2008). When is an unusual sexual interest a mental disorder? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 323-325. doi:10.1007/s10508-008-9436-8

Kleinplatz, P. J., & Moser, C. (2007). Is SM pathological? In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.), Safe, sane and consensual: Contemporary perspectives on sadomasochism, (pp. 55-62). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2006). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. Routledge, ISBN 978-1-56023-639-9

Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2006). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. Routledge, ISBN 978-1-56023-639-9

Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2005). DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality 17(3/4), 91-109.

Moser C (2005). Dyspareunia: Another Argument for Removal. Archives of Sexual Behavior 34(1), 44-46.

Moser, C. (2005). Peer Commentaries on Binik (2005): Dyspareunia: Another argument for removal. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 44-46.

Moser C (2005). Dyspareunia: Another Argument for Removal. Archives of Sexual Behavior 34(1), 44-46.

Moser C (2003). General Medical Care of the Gender Dysphoric Patient. San Francisco Medicine, September 2003, Volume 76, No. 8

Moser C, Hardy JW (2002). Sex Disasters (And How To Survive Them). Greenery Press, ISBN 978-1-890159-44-3

Moser, C. (2002). Peer commentaries on Green (2002) and Schmidt (2002). Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31, 479-503.

Moser C, Hardy JW (2002). Sex Disasters (And How To Survive Them). Greenery Press, ISBN 978-1-890159-44-3

Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2002). Transvestitic fetishism: Psychopathology or iatrogenic artifact? New Jersey Psychologist, 52(2), 16-17.

Moser, C. (2001). Paraphilia: A critique of a confused concept. In P. J. Kleinplatz (Ed.), New directions in sex therapy: Innovations and alternatives, (pp. 91-108). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.

Stock W, Moser C (2001). Feminist sex therapy in the age of Viagra. In P.J. Kleinplatz (Ed.) New Directions in Sex Therapy-Innovations and Alternatives Brunner-Routledge, ISBN 978-0-87630-967-4

Moser C (2001). Paraphilia: Another confused sexological concept In P.J. Kleinplatz (Ed.) New Directions in Sex Therapy-Innovations and Alternatives Brunner-Routledge, ISBN 978-0-87630-967-4

Moser C (1999). Health Care Without Shame: A Handbook for the Sexually Diverse and Their Caregivers. Greenery Press, ISBN 978-1-890159-12-2

Moser C, Madeson JJ (1998). Bound to Be Free: The SM Experience. Continuum International Publishing Group (October 1998) ISBN 978-0-8264-1047-4

Levitt EE, Moser C, Jamison KV (1994). The prevalence and some attributes of females in the sadomasochistic subculture: A second report. Archives of Sexual Behavior 3(4), 465-473.

Moser, C. (1993). A response to Aviel Goodman’s “Sexual addiction: Designation and treatment”. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 19, 220-224.

Moser C (1992). Lust, lack of desire, and paraphilias: Some thoughts and possible connections. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 18(1), 65-69.

Moser C, Levitt EE (1987). An exploratory-descriptive study of a sadomasochistically oriented sample. Journal of Sex Research 23(3), 322-337.

Auerback S, Moser C (1987). Groups for the Wives of Gay and Bisexual Men. Social Work 32, 321-5.

Weinberg MS, Williams CJ, Moser C (1984). The Social Constituents of Sadomasochism. Social Problems 31(4), 379-389.

References

Awards given by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region. http://sssswr.org/awards.html [archive]

Cavendish, Marshall (2009). Sex and Society, Volume 3, p. 735. Marshall Cavendish Corporation, ISBN 978-0-7614-7908-6

Crittenden B (2008). Charles Moser, MD, PhD: A Sexual Medical Expert on Unusual Sexual Interests. Taste of Sex https://web.archive.org/web/20141001005122/http://personallifemedia.com/guests/619-dr-charles-moser

Roberts S, Pritchard C (2008). Defining Normality. Philosophy Now, Issue 68 July/August 2008 http://www.philosophynow.org/issue68/68news.htm https://philosophynow.org/issues/68/News_July_August_2008

Alexander, Brian (May 22, 2008).¬†What’s ‚Äėnormal‚Äô sex? Shrinks seek definition.¬†MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24664654/ [archive]

Apostolides, Marianne (2007). The Pleasure of Pain. In Erich Goode, D. Angus Vail (eds.) Extreme Deviance, p. 207 Pine Forge Press, ISBN 978-1-4129-3722-1

Klein, Marty (2006).¬†America’s war on sex: the attack on law, lust and liberty,¬†p. 168. Greenwood Publishing Group,¬†ISBN 978-0-275-98785-5

Maurice WL (2003). Health Care Without Shame: A Handbook for the Sexually Diverse and Their Caregivers (Book Review).¬†Archives of Sexual Behavior¬†Volume 32, Number 1, February 2003 , pp. 86‚Äď87(2)

Morahan, Lawrence (June 11, 2003). Psychiatric Association Debates Lifting Taboo Against Pedophilia. Cybercast News Service/Newsmax http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/6/11/122051.shtml [archive]

Walfield, Paul (July 8, 2003). APA Isn’t Thinking Clearly in Its Assessment of Pedophiles.¬†Insight on the News

Kleinplatz PJ, Ed. (2001). About the Editor and Contributors, New Directions in Sex Therapy-Innovations and Alternatives. Brunner-Routledge, ISBN 978-0-87630-967-4. p. 374.

Elias, Marilyn (Jul 16, 1998).¬†Pill’s possibilities excite women But Viagra’s effects on female bodies remain a medical mystery.¬†USA Today https://web.archive.org/web/20141001005122/http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/access/32051357.html?dids=32051357:32051357&FMT=ABS

Kelleher, Kathleen (September 30, 1996). Head over heels in love. Los Angeles Times https://web.archive.org/web/20141001005122/http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/16636600.html?dids=16636600:16636600&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT

Ehrenreich B, Elizabeth Hess E, Gloria Jacobs G (1986).¬†Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex.¬†Anchor Press/Doubleday,¬†ISBN 978-0-385-18498-4. Page 213, footnote 10: “Charles Allen Moser, unpublished doctoral dissertation for the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, completed August 1979.”

Resources

Charles Moser (home.netcom.com/~docx2) [archive]

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • docx2.com/charles-moser-phd-md/
  • http://home.netcom.com/~docx2/

Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute (dsrei.org)

Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)

Sutter Health (sutterhealth.org)

San Francisco Transgender Institute (http://www.sftrans.org/moser)

Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (iashs.edu) [archive]

  • Charles Moser faculty profile [archive]
  • iashs.edu/faculty.html

Internet Movie Database (imdb.com/)