Content Warning: Extreme and graphic descriptions of autogynephilia in AGPs own words. Since this is a discussion of a paraphilia, I have marked it NSFW.
Greetings, you lovely ladies, I ran across a TERF on twitter that goes by "Nessa is typing" with the twitter handle FourthWaver. About a week ago she posted a thread that compiles many descriptions and receipts regarding Autogynephilia as a subject. This was a fascinating read, and huge kudos to Nessa for putting this together and explaining things calmly, rationally and clinically. The thread is divided into multiple sections, links are here:
There are quite a few points that surprised me:
Given that AGP can pervade pretty much all parts of a male's life, Nessa argues that it might be more useful to consider AGP as its own sexuality instead of (or perhaps in addition to) being a paraphilia.
Autogynephilia is diverse. WAY more diverse than I could have guessed. There are 4 types, and a male can have 1 type, or all 4.
AGP is actually somewhat common. Not every male with AGP ends up identifying as trans, as the AGP usually has to also generate dysphoria before someone will transition, and it doesn't always do that. Although some types of AGP are more associated with causing dysphoria than others.
As one could guess, many of the males that experience this, seem to be completely oblivious to it, or that they assume that this is normal, or are unfazed by some of the more perverse aspects of it. Nessa mentions that one of the reasons she does this work is that she genuinely believes that educating males on their AGP does in fact help them.
Some of the behaviors, thoughts, and erotic images that AGPs experience are then equated (by them) as "feeling like a woman", or "having a woman's soul", or something along those lines. It is truly stunning that their interpretation of their ideal woman is equated with being an actual woman or feeling like an actual woman. It really appears more like their mental image of a woman, and an actual woman are antithetical, and they either don't understand this, or they don't care.
Nessa's write up is delivered very clinically, and at first I wasn't sure if it was a sympathetic description or not. I ultimately concluded that it isn't, and Nessa does explain her dispassionate approach at the end of the write up. Overall a good and informative read. I can't imagine how many comments from TIMs she had to dig through to compile this, lol.