Autogynephilia is the "mental illness" described by the pseudoscientific theory that male-assigned-at-birth transsexuals who have any sexual interest except exclusively to men, actually have a fetish with viewing themselves as females. This covers lesbian, bisexual, and asexual transsexuals. The term roughly translates from Greek to "Self Poon Lovin'." The theory was originated by Ray Blanchard and Kurt Fruend in the 1980s, and endorsed by onetime celebrity psychologist J. Michael Bailey (who was later forced to resign as psychology chair at Northwestern University).
The theory is often accompanied by the notion that transsexuals attracted exclusively to men take an identical developmental route as homosexuals, but are so overtly effeminate that they find it difficult to operate in life as even a homosexual man. And since these transsexuals are developmentally identical to homosexual men, they are labeled "homosexual transsexuals."
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- a form of sexual response in biological males characterized by sexual arousal over the idea of being or becoming female
- a supposed form of gender identity disorder.
- The phenomena of gender identity disorder when caused by extreme transvestic fetishism.