Marc Breedlove on transsexualism

S. Marc Breedlove is a psychologist who has published on the biology of sexual orientation. Breedlove was one of the first to write a positive Amazon review for the defamatory book The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey on 30 April 2003:

What’s the fuss about? Read the book, think for yourself

Why this vehement response to this terrific book? Because Bailey describes male-to-female transsexuals who report an experience that is quite different from the familiar "a woman trapped in a man's body". Bailey never casts doubt that there are such people, in fact he interviews and describes several. But he finds that not all M2F transsexuals fit that mold. So the fuss you're reading in these reviews are from M2F transsexuals who refuse to acknowledge that other M2F transsexuals might have a different experience than their own. There's no reason to think the women Bailey interviewed would have been lying to him, and why isn't their experience as valid as yours, mine or that of other transsexuals?

So get past all the landmines the critics are trying to use to deflect you from reading a thought-provoking, honest and entirely sympathetic view of the fascinating phenomenon of transsexuality.

By the way, it's a great read, not at all stodgy. I promise you the pages will fly by.

Breedlove was featured on a show about homosexuality with Bailey and his usual suspects:

The Sex Files
HOMOSEXUALITY
IN THIS EPISODE

Why are some people gay? That's the $64,000 question - at least in the scientific community. Is it something genetically predetermined? Or does environment have an impact on whether an individual turns out to be gay or lesbian? These questions are beginning to be probed in ways that might finally be leading to an answer, and the Sex Files has interviewed the foremost authorities on the topic to uncover some of those scientific clues:

Dr. Devendra Singh, University of Texas psychologist specializing in the evolutionary significance of human physical attractiveness

Dr. Ken Zucker, head of the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Clinic at the University of Toronto's Clarke Institute of Psychiatry

Dr. Ray Blanchard, head of the Clinical Sexology program at the University of Toronto's Clarke Institute of Psychiatry

Dr. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University in Illinois and specialist in the genetics and environment of sexual orientation

Dr. Marc Breedlove, professor* specialising in the sexual differentiation of the brain.

* The original episode guide described Dr. Breedlove as a "professor of psychology at UCLA." Dr. Breedlove noted in 2008 "I am not, and have never been, a professor of psychology or of anything else at UCLA." Breedlove earned his Ph.D. at UCLA but taught at UC Berkeley before taking an appointment at Michigan State.

External links

Breedlove's page at MSU
http://www.msu.edu/~breedsm/mb.htm

S. Marc Breedlove article on Wikipedia