- August 5, 2003:
- Anjelica Kieltyka challenges Dr.
- of the Trans-Notorious Clarke
- regarding his Glowing Review of
- The American Psychologial Association's Division
44 2003 Summer Newsletter contained a review of J. Michael
Bailey's book by Dr. James Cantor of the notorious Clarke Institute
(now known as the Center for Addiction and Mental Health) in
Toronto, Canada. (A copy of the review
is included below).
- In July 2003, selected quotes from Cantor's review appeared
on the National Academy Press website. To our amazement these
quotes suggested that the American Psychological Association
was endorsing Bailey's book and considered Bailey to be sympathetic
and respectful of his research subjects - all this at a time
when Cantor well knew that a storm of controversy had erupted
regarding Bailey's defamatory writings:
- "...the first scientifically grounded book about
male femininities written for a general audience. ...Bailey sympathetically
portrays these peoples' experiences and explores the roots of
their development. · Bailey's respect for the people he
describes serves as a role model for others who still struggle
to accept and appreciate homosexuality and transsexuality in
-- Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual
Issues (American Psychological Association) newsletter, summer
- Upon reading this endorsement, many trans women realized
that Bailey and Cantor had pulled a fast one by using Division
44's good name to create the impression that the APA itself endorsed
Bailey's book - endorsing it as scientific and transfriendly
when in fact it is unscientific and transphobic. The book is
in fact one of the most insidious literary attacks on trans women
- Trans women have known for years how Blanchard, Cantor, Zucker,
Bradley and others at the Clarke Institute classify and caricature
transsexual women as two types of "transsexual men",
just as Bailey does in his book. For example, consider this report
from a trans woman who attended a July 9, 2003 presentation on
transsexualism by Cantor at the Clarke Institute:
- "A most striking and disturbing issue was raised
at the very beginning of Cantor's presentation. Like Blanchard
and many members of the psychiatric community, Cantor refers
to transsexuals based on their birth gender. Therefore, what
any modern, reasonable person would refer to as a transsexual
woman (a woman who was assigned the gender "male" at
birth), Cantor and the CAMH refers to as a "transsexual
man", or even, later, a "male homosexual transsexual."
- in TransHealth.com
Issue 1, Volume 3 Summer 2003
- Upon seeing Cantor's DIV 44 book review exploited in the
website as an apparant APA endorsement of Bailey's book,
and realizing how defamatory are Cantor's own views towards trans
group of senior academics wrote an open e-mail letter to the
Division 44 membership on August 5, 2003, alerting them to
this misuse of their good name to promote Bailey's transphobic
- In the meantime, Anjelica Kieltyka was shaken by Cantor's
detailed discussion of her story yet again in his review, with
its new tangles of innuendo about her life. Cantor disingenously
calls her "a star" and warmly honors her there. Why
did he do this? He knew full well that a big controversy had
already erupted. He and Baily must have been concerned about
what Anjelica might do. Just a few weeks later, Bailey made a
special effort to bring this review to Anjelica and show it to
her - right at the time she was challenging him and bolting from
her long-term collaboration with him - right when she was reaching
out to the trans community for help. Bailey and Cantor hoped
this review would please her and keep her "on their side"!
But it didn't work.
- Anjelica instantly recognized that it had been designed to
keep her in Bailey's camp. And it was too late for Bailey anyway.
Anjelica had already realized the horrible manner in which Bailey
had exploited their years of collaboration together, how he'd
taken anecdotes from her life story totally out of context and
used them to paint a prurient caricature of her in support of
his theory. It was too late for Cantor too, now exposed by Anjelica
as being a devious and disingenuous accomplice to Bailey in his
efforts to spread Blanchard's malignant and noxious theory into
the A.P.A. and D.S.M.
- In her letter below, Anjelica
challenges Bailey's and Cantor's veracity as supposedly well-meaning,
compassionate friends of the trans community, and positions them
instead as insidious enemies of trans women everywhere.
- Lynn Conway
- Illustration by Anjelica
Kieltyka, © 2003
- Date: Tues, 05 Aug 2003
To: James Cantor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charlotte Anjelica Kieltyka <email@example.com>
Subject: Open Letter To James Cantor......From "Cher",
a.k.a. Anjelica Kieltyka
- "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
- The evil that men do lives after them...So let it be with
Caesar..." - from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
- You claim to have met me. You have not. The "Cher"
that you "met" by way of J. Michael Bailey and his
book is a figment of his imagination.
- You claim in your review of his book that it is grounded
in science and is divided into three sections. Whereas the first
two sections ( as you said "devoted respectively to gender
atypical boys, [and] adult gay men" ) may be grounded in
science, the third section about "those MtF transsexuals
who are attracted to men, and then fetishistic cross-dressers
and those MtF transsexuals who are not attracted to men (autogynephilic
transsexuals)" is not grounded in science......It is grounded
in science fiction and pure unadulterated BULL SHIT.........
- I will not mince words with you, Sir...( you may be as good
at that as Bailey and whoever else helped him write this JUNK
)...If you think this book understands any or all transexuals,
especially MtF TRANSEXUAL WOMEN and is sympathetic to their plight,
then I suggest you have your head examined by one of your colleagues
at the A.P.A.; I suggest someone who specializes in "Transphobic"
Insensitivity In Adult Psychologists Who Claim Understanding
And Sympathy For Transexuals, .....
- If you suffer from this Insensitivity Syndrome, as does Dr.
Bailey, I suggest you meet the real "Cher", Anjelica
Kieltyka. The real Anjelica, the only one Bailey ever met is,
in the preface of his book:
- "Anjelica Kieltyka introduced me to the Chicago transsexual
community and taught me a great deal by being honest and open."
- I will be honest and open with you.....Bailey's book is a
slam, a major derogatory expose of transexuals. I , as well as
a number of transexual women who had been interviewed by Bailey
have filed misconduct charges against him at Northwestern University.
The Michael Bailey we knew is not the same person who wrote that
awful insensitive book.....The cover alone speaks volumes as
to the pejorative nature of the book as it relates to all transexuals....Those
included in the book and those conveniently excluded.
- Bailey had been a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in his dealings
with each and every transexual woman depicted in the book. He
was a wolf in sheep's clothing in his duplicity and deception
- I challenge you to meet the real women behind Bailey's deceitful
and patronizing words. I challenge you as someone who seemingly
cares about the plight of transexual women to re-examine your
praise of Bailey and his book.
- If you do not realize that you have also been duped by him
then I must conclude that you are part of his duplicity....A
wolf in sheep's clothing, preying on the lives of transexual
women....I pray that I am mistaken.....I apologize for my misunderstanding
of you if that is the case....Something that Bailey seems incapable
of doing concerning his own misunderstanding of us......
- Sincerely, openly and honestly yours,
- Charlotte Anjelica
Kieltyka, a.k.a. "Cher"
- Charlotte Anjelica Kieltyka
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA
- P.S. "Grandma, What big teeth you have..." - Little
Red Riding Hood
- The following review appeared on page 6 of the Summer
2003 American Psychology Association Division 44 Newsletter,
and is being used by the National Academy Press and Joseph Henry
Press in PR for The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey.
- Division 44 Newsletter Summer, 2003
- BOOK REVIEW
The Man Who Would Be Queen
by J. Michael Bailey
The National Academies Press, 2003
Review by James M. Cantor
- J. Michael Baileys The Man Who Would be Queen represents
the first scientifically grounded book about male femininities
written for a general audience. In three sectionsdevoted
respectively to gender atypical boys, adult gay men and those
MtF transsexuals who are attracted to men, and then fetishistic
cross-dressers and those MtF transsexuals who are not attracted
to men (autogynephilic transsexuals)Bailey sympathetically
portrays these peoples experiences and explores the roots
of their development.
- Readers seeing these topics for the first time will come
to understand these mixes of traditionally masculine and feminine
characteristics, free from the sensationalism they receive in
the popular media. Readers more familiar with these areas will
come to appreciate that none of these human conditionshetero-/homosexuality,
cross-dressing, gender non-conformity, and transsexualitycan
be fully understood on its own. Human sexual behavior must be
understood in its entirety, if it is to be understood at all.
- In introducing us to vivid and engaging people, Bailey takes
us on a tour that would leave few readers unchanged. Just as
interesting, however, were the hints about how Baileys
own ideas became changed by his experiences in working with these
issues. He notes he became less skeptical, if not yet convinced
of the idea that the correct intervention for gender atypical
children is to change society (rather than the children), a philosophy
he learned from thinkers including Clinton Anderson, scientist
Simon LeVay, and journalist Phyllis Burke (p. 26). Likewise,
he notes having become more openminded about the veracity of
transsexuals memories of desiring to change sexes even
in childhood, after discussing it with Ken Zucker (the head of
the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Clinic at C.A.M.H. in
Toronto). Watching the evolution of a scientists thinking
is particularly welcome in a field where so many other authors
on these topics polarize and entrench.
- Baileys engaging style and clear fondness for the people
he describes invite all readers to appreciate these peoples
experiences better, on both scientific and human levels. Although
respectful, Bailey describes his subject matter warts and all.
He unapologetically includes potentially controversial topics
including the strong preference in the gay male community for
masculine sexual partners and against effeminate men, the well-established
finding that highly gender atypical boys nearly always become
gay men in adulthood (and the shame many adult gay men experience
in recalling their own childhood femininity), the frequency of
sex trade work among androphilic transsexuals, the difficulties
many MtF transsexuals experience in passing as women, and the
challenges to the politically correct idea of MtF transsexuals
literally being women trapped in mens bodies.
Yet, Bailey notes specifically that there is nothing objectively
shameful in, for example, childhood femininity or sex trade work.
It is the combination of Baileys willingness to challenge
ideas based only on prejudice as well as ideas based only on
political correctness that establishes the book as an even-handed
introduction, rather than as a mouthpiece for either the socially
conservative right or academic left. Writing as an openly heterosexual
and non-transsexual man, Baileys respect for the people
he describes serves as a role model for others who still struggle
to accept and appreciate homosexuality and transsexuality in
society. In the following passage, Bailey writes about Cher,
an MtF transsexual:
- Cher has been having a rough time lately. She has fallen
out with Amy, a homosexual transsexual who used to be her closest
friend. Cher thinks that once Amy got her surgery, she no longer
needed her, and she feels used. When she goes out with Juanita,
who has become her best friend, men are constantly approaching
Juanita (who is 15 years younger and very sexy), but they approach
Cher cautiously, if at all
.She is also broke, and is being
sued by her relatives for her fathers inheritance. Despite
her troubles, she continues to visit her circle of (primarily
transsexual) friends, helping them plan their transition, listening
to their boyfriend problems
.She is a good friend to them,
although her advice is not always appreciated or heeded. I think
about what an unusual life she has led, and what an unusual person
she is. How difficult it must have been for her to figure out
her sexuality and what she wanted to do with it. I think about
all the barriers she broke, and all the meanness that she must
still contend with. Despite this, she is still out there giving
her friends advice and comfort, and trying to find love. And
I think that in her own way, Cher is a star. I think she
is too, and I am grateful to Bailey for having introduced her.
- POSTSCRIPT: As I write this postscript, it is has been four
weeks since The Man Who Would Be Queen has been released.
Of all the ideas Bailey presents, only the meaning of autogynephilia
appears to have drawn any controversy. Although his book is unapologetic
in its accuracy, Bailey notes quite distinctly which ideas are
well-established scientifically and which are hunches and suspicions
to help readers tie the data together. It is unfortunate that
a vocal few (vocal over the Internet, anyway) do not actually
address Baileys points, referring only to rumors about
the content of the book and to assumptions regarding Baileys
motives. I can recommend only that readers refer to the content
of the book itself (available to read on-line, free of charge
), explore Baileys own webpage (http://www.psych.nwu.edu/psych/people/faculty/bailey/controversy.htm#campaign
), and decide for themselves.
- Division 44 Newsletter Summer, 2003
- As if the misuse of Cantor's review in the National Academy
Press website weren't enough, Stephen
Pinker of M.I.T. (another APA psychologist who knows nothing
about transsexualism, and yet who is a strong Bailey supporter
along with Cantor) posted a short review of Bailey's book in
the Guardian in June 2003. Pinker, Bailey and Pinnel (the
NAP publicist) then extracted the following words from Pinker's
review, and posted them on the National Academy Press' website
in July 2003:
- "J Michael Baileys The Man Who Would Be Queen
is an engaging book on the science of sexual orientation. ...highly
sympathetic to gay and transsexual men..."
-- The Guardian (London), June 28, 2003
- Read those words again. Here we have Pinker, Bailey and Pinnel
deliberately referring to all trans women as "transsexual
men" right on the National Academy Press website, long after
this controversy had erupted and they had been told many times
to please stop doing this. These are not the Guardian's words.
These are the psychologist Pinker's words, taken straight from
Bailey and Blanchard. They are not words used anywhere else in
the world other than at the Clark Institute and in Bailey's book.
our time this is HATE SPEECH! It is speech designed to have
a corrosively cruel emotional impact on trans women. It is HATE
SPEECH. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet there it is, right
on the National Academies' website.
- This page is part of Lynn Conway's
report into the publication of
J. Michael Bailey's book on transsexualism
by the National Academies"