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Robin Pinnel on transsexualism
Pinnel is credited by name as author of the following "article" about The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey. This glorified press release dated 21 March 2003 was placed in several queer publications around the time of the book's publication in Spring 2003.
GAY, STRAIGHT OR LYING? SCIENCE HAS THE ANSWER
by: Robin Pinnel, Joseph Henry Press
Are gay men genuinely more feminine than other men? (Yes.) Are gay men really
drawn to more feminine professions? (Yes.) Are all male transsexuals women trapped
in men's bodies? (No. Some of them are men who are just plain turned on by the
idea of becoming women.)
In THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN: THE SCIENCE OF GENDER-BENDING AND TRANSSEXUALISM,
author J. Michael Bailey, an internationally recognized researcher and expert
on the origins of human sexual orientation, explores many of the stereotypes
society typically associates with gay men and transsexuals.
"Male femininity is a phenomenon that most people find interesting but
which has been ignored by science due to concerns ranging from social conservatism
to sensitivity -- or less charitably, political correctness," Bailey explains.
"For example, despite widespread stereotypes that gay men tend to be feminine,
research related to the stereotype has only recently been conducted."
Based on his own original research, Bailey's book is grounded firmly in science.
But as he demonstrates, science doesn't always deliver predictable or even comfortable
"Many gay men will not be comfortable with the assertion that they do,
in fact, walk and talk different from a straight men," Bailey asserts.
"Many transsexuals do not like the idea that there are two kinds: the typical
'woman trapped in a man's body' and the autogynephilic transsexual, who is a
man who is so turned on by the idea of himself as a woman that he wants to become
one. But my conclusions come from years of research."
Bailey has studied, interviewed, and made friends with hundreds of men whose
sexual preferences and behavior run the gamut from butch to feminine to just
dressing in women's clothing for heterosexual pleasure and men who only feel
fulfilled by being transformed surgically into women. He has studied feminine
men in the industrialized world as well as those in the developing world who
either are feminine or who perform ritualistic "feminine" sexual behavior
that may shock the average reader.
The conclusions to which Bailey came after years of psychological profiles,
statistical studies, interviews, and comparison of his research with that fellow
scientists, may not always be politically correct, but they are scientifically
accurate, thoroughly researcher, and occasionally startling. THE MAN WHO WOULD
BE QUEEN is a fresh and frank look at a compelling topic.
The full-text of THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN is available to read for free online
PRAISE FOR THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Michael Bailey is a professor of psychology at Northwestern University and
an internationally recognized researcher and expert on the origins of human
sexual orientation. His studies of sexual orientation in twins have been widely
cited in the scientific literature and are mentioned in virtually all introductory
psychology textbooks. His work has also been featured in a variety of newspapers,
including THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in NEWSWEEK and DISCOVER. He is also
widely known to those interested in sex research as the creator and owner of
the listserv SEXNET.
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN is published by the Joseph Henry Press, trade publisher for the National Academies--National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. The Joseph Henry Press can be found online at http://www.jhpress.org. [3/21/03]