- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
- Transsexual Woman Claims Professors
Sex Research Continued Off-Campus;
- University Declines To Investigate Complaint
- Chicago, IL (December 11, 2003)
- Allegations of sex with a transsexual research subject have
surfaced against Northwestern University Psychology Department
Chair J. Michael Bailey.
- The professor has been under fire since he published The
Man Who Would Be Queen in March. Baileys book on gender
variance cites his "study" in which he concludes prostitution
is the single most common occupation among his transsexual
- What Bailey does not mention is that the "study"
was conducted mainly by cruising Chicago bars frequented by sex
workers. He then exploited young transsexuals who came to his
office to get letters of approval for sex-reassignment surgery,
socializing with them and at the same time using them as research
subjects without their knowledge.
- One research subject/patient featured in the book says Bailey
had sex with her prior to the publication of the book and after
the professor had written the psychologist's letter she needed
for medical treatment. Northwestern is formally investigating
charges that Bailey did not obtain the woman's informed consent
as a research subject. However, she recently learned that the
University apparently does not plan to investigate charges that
Bailey had sex with her while she was a research subject.
- "This is all unbelievable, yet it will all prove to
be undeniable....", says Anjelica Kieltyka, a mentor and
advocate for transsexual women. "This investigation and
Bailey Controversy is going to get national exposure and have
consequences far beyond Northwestern, a 'meek and mild mannered'
sex researcher (with an eye for transexual women) and his stupid
- "J. Michael Baileys unethical behavior is staggering,"
said Professor Lynn Conway, an outspoken critic of the National
Academy Press' publication of Bailey's book. "As a scientist
and as a transsexual woman, I find Mr. Baileys behavior
beyond all bounds of decency. It appears he was writing these
therapist letters for young trans women, all the while being
sexually obsessed with them. He exploited them further by featuring
information shared during therapy in his book. He then concludes
in his 'research' that young transsexual women 'are especially
well suited to prostitution.' "
- "This sort of bigotry and bias in a labcoat needs to
be dealt with by his peers in psychology and sex research, by
his publisher, and by his employer," said Conway. "If
such institutions cant police outrageous behavior masquerading
as science, we need to find institutions that can."
- For more information please contact the following women
- who've filed formal complaints with Northwestern University
- regarding J. Michael Bailey's research misconduct:
- Lynn Conway
- Deirdre McCloskey
- 1. Documentation regarding the sexual misconduct and Northwestern's
apparant failure to investigate it:
- 2. Categorically wrong? A Bailey-Blanchard-Lawrence clearinghouse:
- 3. An investigation into the publication of J. Michael Bailey's
book on transsexualism by the National Academies