- University investigates ethics of sex
By Robert Stacy McCain
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
- Northwestern University is investigating charges of ethics
by a psychology professor whose federally funded research has
criticized by House Republicans.
Professor J. Michael Bailey has been accused of failing to "obtain
informed consent of research subjects" for his book about
"The Man Who Would Be Queen."
The university is "proceeding with a full investigation"
Bailey, C. Bradley Moore, Northwestern's vice president for research,
in a Nov. 12 letter to Anjelica Kieltyka.
Ms. Kieltyka complained to the university that the professor
and others as "guinea pigs" for his research and described
their consent in his book.
A former Northwestern psychology student who was born male, Ms.
Kieltyka had sex-change surgery in 1991 and now describes herself
lesbian. Ms. Kieltyka said Mr. Bailey's book describes her, using
pseudonym "Cher," as the "poster child" for
one of his theories about
Neither Mr. Bailey nor Northwestern officials have made any public
statement about the ethics investigation, and did not respond
requests for comment.
In December, Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican, condemned
"disgusting" Mr. Bailey's study of women's sexual arousal
that received a
$147,000 grant from a division of the National Institutes of
were paid as much as $75 each to "watch a series of commercially
film clips, some of which will be sexually explicit, while we
body's sexual arousal," according to a flier seeking volunteers.
Mr. Weldon and other House Republicans have accused NIH of diverting
taxpayer dollars away from potentially life-saving research to
pay for such
In July, the House narrowly rejected an amendment by Rep. Patrick
Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, that would have blocked NIH
four sex research projects.
Mr. Toomey could not be reached yesterday for comment on
Northwestern's ethics investigation of Mr. Bailey.
Ms. Kieltyka said she met Mr. Bailey while working in the 1990s
advocate for individuals seeking sex-change treatment. She said
agreed to interview several Chicago-area transsexuals and help
for sex-change surgery (two letters of approval from psychiatrists
clinical psychologists are required prior to surgery). But Ms.
said Mr. Bailey did not tell the women they would be featured
in his book.
"We didn't even know we were guinea pigs," Ms. Kieltyka
told the Daily
Northwestern, the university's newspaper.
Another of Mr. Bailey's subjects, who remains anonymous, wrote
July letter to the university that when the professor interviewed
1998, her "sole purpose of meeting with Dr. Bailey was to
obtain the most
important [approval] letter for my [sex-change] surgery,"
and was never
aware that the professor intended to use her as a research subject.
"Bailey is an embarrassment to the entire field of academic
psychology," said Lynn Conway, a computer scientist and
Michigan professor who helped initiate the investigation of Mr.
Ms. Conway, who underwent sex-change surgery in 1968, called
Bailey "the Milli Vanilli of sex research."