Debunking the transgender myth As a philosopher and a linguist I find it fascinating some of the statements transgender people make; for example: “I was born male but I identify as female.” When I hear such words my mind immediatly forms that most basic of human responses ‘Why?’ Because I just don’t get it. Imagine […]


Am I transgender?

by Felix Conrad - Clinical Philosopher on July 12, 2015

I’ve had a few comments and e-mails recently along the lines of – who the fuck are you to start writing books about gender variance and transgender philosophy when you’ve never said what your own gender is. Are you actually transgender… why aren’t you telling anyone? And there’s a simple answer to that… nobody asked. […]


Sexual signs… 1) An excessive sexual interest in female clothing – especially super feminine items like lingerie and items made of fabrics usually reserved for females: satin etc. 2) An elevated interest in pegging or other sexual activities where he is submissive. A tendency to lie on his back and open his legs like a […]


This article stresses the link between cross-gender arousal and transsexualism. For an essentialist approach we recommend Felix’s article… Why do some transgender people identify so late? What is a late onset transsexual? Originally late onset transsexualism was associated with middle aged and older transsexuals. However, it is better thought of as… any case of adult transsexualism […]


2. Is a transsexual woman… a real woman?

by Electra L on August 28, 2014

Unified Transgender Theory Introduction…. Although we do not know the exact cause of the transgender condition, it is thought that just as there are intersex people, the transgender person is born with a neurological component – related with gender – of the opposite sex. This means that although they have the body of a male, […]


3. The schoolboy error at the heart of Blanchard’s taxonomy of transsexuals

by Felix Conrad - Clinical Philosopher on June 29, 2014

3. Faced with our revelation that there are dozens of possible taxonomies of transsexuals, Blanchard is going to take us to one side and explain the following. “Dude, I get what you’re saying… ok, there’s an infinite number of taxonomies… but mine is different. The ones you’re citing are just man-made, observations of unimportant differences. […]


4a. The existential value of the autogynephilia theory for transsexuals

by Felix Conrad - Clinical Philosopher on June 28, 2014

Point 4. The fact that Blanchard’s taxonomy does not relate to some type of intrinsic, naturally occurring categorisation, does not mean it has no value. Like any other taxonomy we must now look at how it helps us… what value it adds to the study and treatment of transsexual psychology. In other words, imagine we […]


5. Does Blanchard’s typology have any value in a clinical context? Does it help the physician understand his patient and their condition better, and thus provide better care? If, as is commonly believed, homosexual transsexuals are better adapted to transition, then knowledge of their being a ‘homosexual transsexual’ could help the clinician advise their patient […]


5. Conclusion – autogynephilia and the stigmatisation of older transsexuals

by Felix Conrad - Clinical Philosopher on June 26, 2014

Conclusion. As previously explained, it is senseless to create two types of transsexual if they have the same symptoms and treatment. So we already know Blanchard’s taxonomy is invalid. However, we also know there are undoubtable differences between these two types of transsexuals. Isn’t it helpful, even if it’s discreet, to hang on to such […]