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‘Men Trapped in Men’s Bodies’: book on disputed diagnosis “autogynephilia”

Men Trapped in Men’s Bodies: Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism is a 2013 book by disgraced anesthesiologist and “autogynephilia” activist Anne Lawrence. It is a collection of anecdotal evidence that supports Lawrence’s identity as an “autogynephilic transsexual.”

Support for the book and the ideas it promotes is limited to anti-transgender activists and conservative trans people who believe this sex disease is legitimate, similar to how biased researchers and activists used to promote the fake disease “nymphomania.”


The following anti-trans activists are acknowledged in the book:


A number of the other usual “autogynephilia” activists have cited Lawrence’s book, including:

Other anti-trans activists include:

  • Paul J. D’Ambrosio
  • Arne Dekker
  • Els Elaut
  • Alexandro Fortunato
  • Frisby, C.L.
  • Guido Giovanardi
  • Lilienfeld, S.O.
  • Vittorio Lingiardi
  • Hans-Georg Moeller
  • Valentina Nassisi
  • Timo O. Nieder
  • O’Donohue, W.T
  • Jorge Ponseti
  • Redding, R.E.
  • Christina Richards
  • Anna Maria Speranza
  • Aglaja Stirn


Heteronormativity and Repronormativity in Sexological “Perversion Theory” and the DSM5‘s “Paraphilic Disorder” Diagnoses

The pathologization of trans-sexuality: Historical roots and implications for sex counselling with transgender clients

A response to Bailey and Hsu (2022): It helps if you stop confusing gender dysphoria and transvestism

Evidence against a typology: A taxometric analysis of the sexuality of male-to-female transsexuals

Fanon and the new paraphilias: Towards a trans of color critique of the DSM-V


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