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Anti-Trans Theories

Gender is one of many facets of diversity, and depathologizing gender is the focus of ongoing advocacy efforts. Historically, cisgender (cis) individuals have misunderstood and poorly conceptualized gender dysphoria in academic literature, which in turn has perpetuated views that trans individuals’ gendered experiences are illegitimate and invalid. Instead of recognizing gender identity and expression as a human right and diverse experience, theories have emerged to maintain a sociocultural hierarchy and to further stigmatize trans individuals (e.g., medically transitioning is a necessity in order to conform, to fulfill a sexual fetish or deviant need, and/or to follow a current trend to fit in with peers). This entry discusses two anti-trans theories that have been a source of significant criticism and debate: rapid-onset gender dysphoria and autogynephilia. ...

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