"Transgenderism" is an umbrella term covering persons who do not fit societal expectations of sex or gender. Transgendered persons include: transsexuals, cross-dressers, drag-queens, butch lesbians, intersexuals, and others. Academic perspectives on transgenderism come from many disciplines such as psychology, history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, queer studies, and law.
Sexologists challenge the view that cross-dressing is a mental illness and suggest that the transvestic fetishism diagnosis may distract clinicians from addressing genuine psychological distress.
A transsexual psychologist critiques the psychopathology of gender identity disorder and transvestic fetishism. She discusses personal experiences and scholarly topics in psychology, neuroscience, and sexology.
Katherine Wilson examines the concepts of gender identity and sexual orientation as the have been used to define mental disorders. She questions how consistently the DSM applies definitions.
Subscribe to a low-volume information-oriented list for transgendered / transsexual academics. Topics include psychology, medicine, law, and social welfare. Typical posts include calls for papers, conference announcements, and reference requests.
Discussion forums bring together those who study gender theory and the trans-community. Learn about queer studies graduate programs and teaching with instructional materials and a bibliography.
This guides to the study of gender differences and transgender expression in academic environments includes syllabi, teaching suggestions, annotated bibliographies, student papers, and links.
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