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FuckologyCritical Essays on John Money's Diagnostic Concepts$
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Lisa Downing, Iain Morland, and Nikki Sullivan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226186580

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226186757.001.0001

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Off the Map

Off the Map

Normophilia and Biophilia in John Money’s Sexology

Chapter:
(p.182) Conclusion Off the Map
Source:
Fuckology
Author(s):

Lisa Downing

Iain Morland

Nikki Sullivan

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226186757.003.0008

This co-authored conclusion identifies and examines some of the key features of Money’s textuality and practice that interconnect his interventions into the three diagnostic concepts, “hermaphroditism,” “transsexualism,” and “paraphilia.” These features include Money’s metaphor and methodology of “mapping,” his insistence on the power of language acquisition, and his concomitant obsession with neologistic labeling, especially of gender. The conclusion critiques Money’s fears that without unanimity in language, sexology could collapse into “wasteful word games,” just as gender development might become “ambiguous” in the manner of “native bilingualism.” Yet, the conclusion shows too that Money’s unremitting invention of terms stoked these very fears, demarcating a private linguistic world in which he and his colleagues were the only native speakers.

Keywords:   cartography, diagnosis, gender, intersex, John Money, language, paraphilia, transsexuality

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