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 Learning Trans. Among other things, this article puts an end to Blanchard’s transphobic theories once and for all.
Talia Mae Bettcher, Ph.D.
When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation
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.
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