Alice Dreger

alice dreger

Alice Domurat Dreger


Alice Dreger is a Northwestern University professor noted for controversially proposing that intersex traits be renamed DSD, for "disorders of sex development."

In 2007, Dreger released a paper about the controversy surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism, a 2003 book written by her coworker J. Michael Bailey. Dreger's paper was published in 2008 in Archives of Sexual Behavior, a sexology journal where Bailey serves on the editorial board. Dreger interviews or cites over a dozen other editorial board members in the paper, including Editor-In-Chief Ken Zucker. Zucker is best known for his reparative therapy techniques to "cure" GID, for "gender identity disorder," in gender-variant children. Bailey's book relies heavily on concepts and practices developed by Ray Blanchard at Zucker's employer, the CAMH Clarke Institute in Toronto.

I am a vocal critic of Bailey and his book, and Dreger takes issue with my tone and tactics. She unsuccessfully tried to suppress a 2006 speech I was invited to give at her school, and she twice tried to get me fired. Her desire to discredit me is further motivated by my criticism of GID and her DSD concept. After 18 months of Dreger's escalating public attacks and distortion of my words and actions, I make my first public response below.

Dreger is a professional academic troll, someone who gets money and publicity for making deliberately controversial statements, like Ann Coulter or Michael Moore. I discussed how academics like Dreger like to exploit minorities for personal and professional gain in my paper "Fair Comment, Foul Play," presented at the 2008 National Women's Studies Association conference. That paper and others from the panel are available here.

Section contents

Alice Dreger: Timeline of her personal feud with me

Alice Dreger defends J. Michael Bailey on KQED

Alice Dreger's attacks on critics of J. Michael Bailey

Other websites

LINK: Biologist Julia Serano on Bailey's "science" and Dreger's "history"
http://feministing.com/archives/007609.html

LINK: Alice Dreger: Disorders of Sex Development
http://www.intersexualite.org/AliceDreger.html

LINK: A Conspiracy of Deceit: Alice Dreger, ISNA, the invention of DSD and Dix Poppas of Cornell who cuts up intersex babies’ clitorises
http://oiiaustralia.com/media/articles/conspiracy-deceit-alice-dreger-isna-invention-dsd-dix-poppas-cornell-cuts-intersex-babies-clitorises/

LINK: Lawyer and historian Katrina Rose analyzes Alice Dreger's "scholarly 'fast one' against transsexual women" (PDF)
http://members.aol.com/katrinacrose/new/Dreger-Bailey_Bush-Libby.pdf

LINK: Intersex activist Sophia Seidlberg: Alice Dreger: How Can I Debate This?
http://www.intersexualite.org/Eugenics.html

LINK: Intersex Society of North America profile
http://www.isna.org/about/dreger

LINK: Northwestern University web page
http://www.bioethics.northwestern.edu/faculty/dreger.html

LINK: Personal site
http://www.alicedreger.com/