What is Autogynephilia?

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Introduced in 1989 by sexologist Ray Blanchard, “autogynephilia” (AGP for short) describes a paraphilia (intense atypical sexual interest) in which a man is erotically stimulated at the thought of himself as female.

Blanchard breaks down autogynephilia into four types:

Transvestic – Fantasy of wearing women’s clothing.

Behavioural – Fantasy of engaging in typical feminine behaviour (e.g., knitting with women).

Physiologic – Fantasy of pregnancy, breast feeding, menstruating.

Anatomic – Fantasy of having a woman’s body, including partial autogynephilia,where the focus is on a mix of male and female body parts.