I am a linguist with a degree in linguistics from the Université de Monptellier,
This is what is disturbing to many people who read the rants of uninformed experts such as Dreger and it makes many of us very wary of their ability to discuss this topic with intelligence in order to make informed decisions considering the matter at hand: Zucker and Blanchard having control of the definitions of gender variance in the DSM, since they are on record as not really accepting gender as a valid construct for defining transsexuality.
Quotes from Blanchard:
"There are two distinct types of cross-gender identity. The feminine gender identity that develops in homosexual males is different from the feminine gender identity that develops in heterosexual males. In other words, homosexual and heterosexual men cannot ''catch'' the same gender identity disorder in the way that homosexual and heterosexual men can both ''catch'' the identical strain of influenza virus. Each class of men is susceptible to its own type of gender identity disorder and only its own type of gender identity disorder." (Blanchard, Deconstructing the Feminine Essence Narrative, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Arch Sex Behav DOI 10.1007/s10508-008-9328-y)
"Homosexual and heterosexual men"? Very revealing use of the term "men" here. So there we see how Blanchard is referring to M to F transsexuals. In this case, he is referring to them as "men" and he uses the word "men" several times in that short paragraph.
If we read further in this same article, it is clear why Blanchard would refer to M to F transsexuals as "men":
The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has five criteria that must be met before a diagnosis of gender identity disorder (302.85) can be given:
1. There must be evidence of a strong and persistent cross-gender identification.
2. This cross-gender identification must not merely be a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being the other sex.
3. There must also be evidence of persistent discomfort about one's assigned sex or a sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex.
4. The individual must not have a concurrent physical intersex condition (e.g., androgen insensitivity syndrome or congenital adrenal hyperplasia).
5. There must be evidence of clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
There is no mention of body image problems and desire for castration, etc. That is covered in another part of the manual: GIDNOS.
The emphasis is on IDENTIFICATION and inappropriateness of GENDER ROLE. Blanchard is not talking about GID at all as it is currently defined in the DSM. He is talking about something unrelated to this diagnosis.
So, I would hope that professionals in the field of psychiatry would take the time to examine how Blanchard is using language, how he is using the terms which would have a great impact on future revisions of the DSM.
Now, who is the one talking about homosexuality? Blanchard himself. And he calls the people he is talking about HOMOSEXUAL MEN.
Curtis E. Hinkle