"In this highly informative book, Lawrence analyzes theory and research on
autogynephilia and presents excerpts from a rich array of first-person narratives
collected from autogynephilic individuals. Through a combination of theoretical analysis,
research evidence, and gripping personal accounts, Lawrence greatly enriches the
reader's understanding of the sometimes perplexing phenomenon of autogynephilia. . . .
Lawrence consistently brings a clear clinical eye and a sharp scientific mind to
her account of autogynephilia. Her prose is clear, crisp, precise, and facilitates
understanding of a complex phenomenon. In sum, Lawrence has written a book that will
be of great value to researchers, clinicians, lay people, and, perhaps most importantly
of all, to people who experience autogynephilic feelings and desires."
- Richard A. Lippa, PhD; Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, pp. 1511-1514 (2015).
"I admire the nifty title of this book. Lawrence . . . skillfully exposes the
fallacy of the culturally accepted trope, 'I am a woman trapped in a man's body.'
Both clinicians and persons with gender dysphoria can benefit from following her
reasoning. Lawrence has a prodigious capacity to be logical. . . . Readers should
be prepared for the power of Lawrence's logic – it may have lasting positive
consequences on their understanding of the inner world of many transgendered
- Stephen B. Levine, MD; Sex Roles, 70, pp. 158-160 (2014).
"Lawrence's book is a very important step forward in understanding why some men
wish to become women. This book is necessary reading for anyone interested in the
field of gender dysphoria and transgender experiences. Rather than reducing these
feelings in men to a sexual deviance, it enriches our understanding of these
transgender experiences. Clinicians and researchers alike will benefit. The book
will also be valuable to men who seek to resolve their gender dysphoria."
- Richard A. Carroll, PhD; Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 40, pp. 73-75 (2014).
"[Lawrence] meticulously describes the life experience of her subjects and expands
upon Blanchard's typology. She imagines the arguments of her critics and rebuts them
carefully and extensively. Lawrence is methodical, linear and logical, precise, and
exhaustive. . . . Lawrence also comes across in the book as open, ethical, kind, and
genuinely caring about the fate of transgender people."
- Margaret Nichols, PhD; Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 40, pp. 71-73 (2014).
"Researchers and educators will find Lawrence's book an extremely up-to-date,
thorough, and helpful source of information on autogynephilia. . . . Clinicians
will benefit from the narratives in the book by using what autogynephilic
transsexuals and nontranssexual autogynephiles have to say about their experiences
to help them understand and treat clients who may be in similar circumstances. . . .
Individuals who recognize that they have autogynephilia, whether they are transsexual
or nontranssexual, will find this book enlightening."
- Kevin J. Hsu; Journal of Sex Research, 51, pp. 234-236 (2014).
© 2015 by Anne A. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. All rights reserved.