chapter  8
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FEARFUL OTHERS: MEDICO-PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF FEMALE-TO-MALE TRANSGENDERISM

To date, the literature ref/ects the male-female discrepancy in the sex ratio of this population and consequently a much greater body of information is available on male-to-female transsexuals.'

(l will consider female-Io-male transsexuals in another paper.) -StOne, 1991, p. 284

Transvestism in women . .. is so rare it is almost nonexistent. -Stoller, 1982, p. 99

[Flema/e-to-male transsexuals . .. are a relatively homogeneous group. -Steiner, 1985, p. 3

The above are only a few examples o f the marginal treatment of female-tomale transsexuals and female rransvcstitcs.1 Perhaps, at least in the vast literature concerning transsexuals, transvestites, and gender variance in general, Janice Raymond is correct in her est ima tion that female-to-ma le transsexuals are "tokens" designed to validate transsexualism as a human phenomenon (1979, p. xxi).