Terminological Confusion

The fact that people can, and do, change gender roles, produces a paradox. If someone is brought up as a boy, but changes from a man to a woman, is she "really still homosexual"? Or if she remains sexually attracted to women, is she a lesbian?

The literature has been made even more confusing, by the practice of reassigning boy infants and bringing them up as girls, for various reasons, blurring the distinction between male and female and hence between heterosexuality and homosexuality. Some recent writers have therefore adopted the words androphilic and gynephilic.

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Citation: Bland, J., (2002) Terminological Confusion
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