Off the Map
Off the Map
Normophilia and Biophilia in John Money’s Sexology
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.
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