Shame and narcissistic rage in autogynephilic transsexualism

Lawrence AA. Shame and narcissistic rage in autogynephilic transsexualism.
Arch Sex Behav. 2008 Jun;37(3):457-61

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One of the most important contributions made by Dreger’s article is her description of the extraordinary lengths to which some of Bailey’s male-to-female (MtF) transsexual opponents went in their attempts to discredit him, his book, and his ideas. By Dreger’s account, their campaign against Bailey continued for at least two years after the publication of The Man Who Would Be Queen (TMWWBQ; Bailey, 2003). Examination of the Internet sites maintained by some of Bailey’s principal transsexual opponents suggests that the campaign against him remains ongoing. The attacks, as described by Dreger, went far beyond writing scathing reviews of TMWWBQ. They included orchestration of charges of professional misconduct against Bailey, filed with Northwestern University and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation; attempts to turn Bailey’s colleagues against him; attacks directed against Bailey’s children; and efforts to discredit or silence nearly anyone who openly supported him. Dreger’s article suggests that many of Bailey’s opponents intended not only to discredit Bailey’s book, but also to destroy its author. The duration, intensity, and sheer savagery of the campaign waged by many of Bailey’s MtF transsexual opponents is astonishing, especially given that Bailey’s book sold only about 4200 copies and probably would have received little attention, in either its print or Internet versions, were it not for the publicity that his opponents themselves created. One could imagine that Kohut (1972) was describing the campaign conducted by some of Bailey’s MtF transsexual opponents when he wrote the following:

[There is a] need for revenge, for righting a wrong, for undoing a hurt by whatever means, and a deeply anchored, unrelenting compulsion in pursuit of all these aims…. There is utter disregard for reasonable limitations and a boundless wish to redress an injury and to obtain revenge…. The fanaticism of the need for revenge and the unending compulsion of having to square the account after an offense are…not the attributes of an aggressivity which is integrated with the mature purposes of the ego…. Aggressions employed in the pursuit of maturely experienced causes are not limitless…. The narcissistically injured [person], on the other hand, cannot rest until he has blotted out [the]…offender who dared to oppose him, [or] to disagree with him. (pp. 380, 382, 385) These excerpts are taken from Kohut’s description of narcissistic rage, a concept that I believe is central to understanding many of the attacks against Bailey and their implications.


8 thoughts on “Shame and narcissistic rage in autogynephilic transsexualism

  1. As someone who could be attacked for similar behaviour as Caitlyn this article originally made me feel bad.
    Then I analyzed it and found it to be full misconceptions and statements that are plain wrong.
    I am trans, I have met hundreds of trans people, I have had deep and meaningful conversations regarding our feelings with dozens of trans people and have read almost everything I could regarding trans behaviour and experiences.
    Then a thought occurred to me – why do all these people who are in absolutely no affected by trans people and their behaviour hate so much?
    Is it akin to gay bashers who are fighting their own inner feelings so much that they have to be seen to hate trans people to hide their innermost feelings and desires?
    If not they sure put a lot of energy into something that does not hurt them in any way.


    1. They are absolutely affected by trans behavior. A person with a penis- whether they call themselves male or female- who walks into a locker room with people-with-vaginas-who-can-be-forcibly-impregnated sure as hell is affected by it. Even if a particular trans woman doesnt assault anyone, the bills allowing transwomen (some of whom are still biologically male) into our restrooms will allow men who PRETEND to be trans access too (which also hurts genuine transwomen).

      Please read up:

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