Jeffrey W. Sherman vs. transgender people

Jeff Sherman is a social psychologist and longtime supporter of J. Michael Bailey. I got the following note on May 7, 2003. Sherman’s comment in bold reflects typical thinking from anti-transgender psychologists. Sherman ignores that Bailey was mocking transgender people, including our young children, on his book tour. Apparently Sherman thinks it’s fine for Bailey to do that to our children while “trying to find the truth,” but any reciprocation is “vile.” Via Sherman:

you are a vile human being for putting pictures of mike’s kids on your web site. you disagree with mike’s theories? fine. there is ample opportunity for scientific debate, and no one more than mike welcomes a scientific critique of his work. to ascribe any motives to mike beyond trying to find the truth is nothing more than an attempt to stifle free and open discourse. you should hook up with kansas state legislature.

jeff sherman

Jeffrey W. Sherman
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Northwestern University
2029 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208-2710
phone: 847-467-4133
fax: 847-491-7859


My reply in part:

It’s what he’s doing to my kids in his lectures. “Vile” is an apt descriptor. May I borrow it?

Maybe Mike should open his lecture to the parents of those kids whose images he features. I wonder how they’d feel to see their children’s expressions of pain being used by Mike to amuse audiences? I bet they’d think he’s a pretty vile human being. I certainly do.

Sherman did not follow up.