Manifestations of Autogynephilia

  • Anne A. Lawrence
Part of the Focus on Sexuality Research book series (FOSR)


The transsexual informants reported all four types of autogynephilia described in the scientific literature: transvestic (erotic arousal associated with the act or fantasy of wearing women’s clothing), anatomic (arousal associated with the fantasy or reality of having female anatomic features), physiologic (arousal associated with the fantasy or simulation of being pregnant, menstruating, or lactating), and behavioral (arousal associated with the act or fantasy of engaging in female-typical behavior). Although many informants reported transvestic autogynephilia, a phenomenon usually associated with transvestic fetishism, some emphasized that the appeal of wearing women’s clothing lay primarily in its ability to facilitate the fantasy of having a woman’s body. A few informants described feelings of comfort or relaxation in association with cross-dressing. Several informants described anatomic autogynephilia, especially involving female genitals. A few informants reported that they experienced anatomic autogynephilia that was unaccompanied by any strong desire to live in a female-typical gender role. Although physiologic autogynephilia is probably the least common type, several informants had experienced it; fantasies involving pregnancy were especially frequent in this group. Informants described many different manifestations of behavioral autogynephilia, some of which involved erotic arousal associated with seemingly trivial and mundane aspects of female-typical behavior.


Sexual Arousal Gender Dysphoria Gender Identity Disorder Locker Room Transvestic Fetishism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne A. Lawrence
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  1. 1.University of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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