|"Oooh, I am such a sexy autogynephile!" (Photos.com)|
One of the basic building blocks of Ray Blanchard's "autogynephilia" theory is that male to female crossdreamers (persons assigned male who get aroused by the idea of being a woman) are sexually attracted to their female selves.
Blanchard and his followers sometimes go as far as defining this as a separate sexuality, one that comes in addition to heterosexuality and homosexuality.
While gay men are attracted to men and heterosexual men to women, the "autogynephiles" are reduced to narcissistic autoerotic wankers.
The self-admiring crossdresser
The proof is allegedly found among male to female crossdressers who get aroused when dressing up as women, admiring themselves in the mirror. It is the erection that gives them away.
And it all sounds so believable and common sense. After all, real men and real women do not get aroused by the idea of being a man or a woman, do they? No, they only get aroused by being with another man or woman, not by being (by) themselves.
Besides, real women do not get erections. They are hardly aroused at all.
Beyond the stereotypes
As is often the case in the gender and transgender debates, this whole argument rests on ideas that become very problematic when you look a little closer.
There is, as far as I can see, no reliable research on such autoeroticisms among non-transgender men and women. That is, there is a lot of research on autoeroticism (defined as "using your own body as a sexual object"), but most of it focuses on regular masturbation, which is no longer considered a disease.