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Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria | Michael Bailey
Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria | Michael Bailey
Why some trans women pretend to have periods, weird male fetishes, Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria, censored research and more...

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 The paper was retracted at the end of May.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.


0:00 Intro

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

8:30 Autogynephilia 

17:38 Why some trans women pretend to have periods

19:06 Why women cannot have autogynephilia

22:38 Paraphilias

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

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