“When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality) now available online

The pre-production draft of “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation” (to be published in Journal of Homosexuality this Spring 2014) is now available through the Learning Trans for free. Among other things, this article puts an end to Blanchard’s transphobic theories once and for all.

Talia Mae Bettcher, Ph.D.

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FIRIpjIPC6UbnJAn2Avm/full#.Up1qP8RDuSo

Journal of Homosexuality

When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

Abstract

In this article, Bettcher argues that sexual attraction must be re-conceptualized in light of transgender experience. In particular, Bettcher defends the theory of “erotic structuralism,” which replaces an exclusively other-directed account of gendered attraction with one that includes a gendered eroticization of self as an essential component. This erotic experience of self is necessary for other-directed gendered desire, where the two are bound together and mutually informing. One consequence of the theory is that the controversial notion of “autogynephilia” is rejected. Another consequence is that the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation is softened.
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Talia Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles, Philosophy) just uploaded a paper on Academia.edu:

When Selves Have Sex: What The Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

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3 Responses to “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality) now available online

  1. Fascinating. Thank you.

    However, the challenge is that some people with testicles (“Assigned male at birth”, AMAB) fantasise about themselves being women, and in the fantasy there need not be interaction with another person. In reality, there is none: the person masturbates to a fantasy. Yes, erotic attraction must include a conception of the self, but autogynephiliac sexual fantasy or behaviour does not require a real or imagined other person.

    So the problem is merely semantic. There is no “love of onesself as a woman” but arousal by fantasy of onesself as a woman. Autogynephilia is not incompatible with attraction to other people, but may exist without such attraction.

    I would love an answer to this objection.

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    • Talia Mae Bettcher says:

      Thank your for reading my essay and for engaging with it. I believe that I address your objection on page 22-23 of the article.

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  2. Pingback: Erotic structuralism | Clare Flourish

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