John Michael Bailey is an American psychologist, behavioural geneticist, and professor at Northwestern University best known for his work on the etiology of sexual orientation. His research indicates that sexual orientation is heavily influenced by biology and male homosexuality is most likely inborn. Bailey wrote The Man Who Would Be Queen, a book intended to explain the biology of male sexual orientation and gender to a general audience, focusing on gender nonconforming boys, gay men and transgender women.
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Update: Around an hour and 10 minutes into the interview Michael and Diana talk about the efforts to retract his Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria paper with Diaz. The paper was retracted at the end of May. See Bailey's Tweet announcing retraction. And Bailey for Unherd on the retraction.
0:48 Is Michael tired?
2:00 Does Michael court controversy?
3:30 What’s the kernel of Michael’s research?
7:10 Language creep in sex research
17:38 Why some trans women pretend to have periods
19:06 Why women cannot have autogynephilia
25:33 Behaviourist reinforcement through orgasm?
27:30 The influence of pornography
30:10 Erotic target inversion
36:13 Why are men more likely to have ETI?
42:48 Why men have non-adaptive targets
45:30 Error management?
48:20 Weird male fetishes
54:05 Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria
1:10:26 Censored research & ethics committees
1:13:30 Is Michael hopeful about the future?
1:18:45 Final comments
1:21:00 Bonus Questions preview