5 reasons why I use the term ‘crossdreaming’ in transgender terminology

by Electra L on September 14, 2015

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History has shown that when transgender people can’t decide on the name for something then transphobes and conservatives will invent the term for us. Quite simply… it is time to stop dragging our feet and using terminology for so called ‘cross gender arousal’ that is either offensive, ridiculous or simply overloaded with too many syllables. At transcendmovement.com we use crossdreaming, and today Felix explains why.


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Jack Molay September 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm

The Scandinavian peninsula or the Iberian peninsula? I have the fjords. Felix has the sunny beaches. That’s all there is to it, really.

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Anonymous September 15, 2015 at 2:22 am

Fjords. :)))))))))

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Jack Molay September 14, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Jokes aside: I believe, like you, that it is extremely important that we make our own terms for what it means to live as transgender. These must be terms that do not stop us from discussing all sides of our lives, even the ones that some find embarrassing. This most certainly applies to the sexual side of gender variance.

Blanchard has lost most of his battles. Really, he has. But since he was the first to give a name to this phenomenon — that transgender people actually do get aroused by imagining themselves having sex (imagine that!) — he managed to sneak in his own toxic explanation for what was going in the back door.

For a while he managed to make both health professionals and some transgender people to use his term “autogynephilia” to describe crossdreaming.

What many of the users of this term did not realize was that the term refers to a complete theory about transgender. Others who heard them use the term would do a search, find Blanchard’s explanation, and believe their friends also thought of “autogynephiliacs” as perverts.

Other transgender people *did* understand the reference, and stopped referring to such feelings at all. They feared — with good reason — that they would be labelled as a mentally ill “paraphiliac” themselves, if they told some one.

This mess has caused even more trans women to try to live up to the stereotypes demanded by the more conservative gatekeepers.

This again gave Blanchard and his followers the “proof” they needed: MTF transgender were lying, and Blanchard could use this explain away the fact that his own numbers proved the autogynephilia theory wrong. If the statistics did not support his theory, it was because the “autogynephiliacs” were narcissistic liars.

Fascinating isn’t it, how evil feeds evil, and how we are tricked into contributing to our own oppression.

And that is why we need to take control over the language used to describe us, just as you say in this podcast.

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