In treating his patients, Hirschfeld exhibited what may rightly be called a ‘patient-centered’ approach. He listened attentively and without judgment to his patients’ accounts of their suffering due to their sexual preferences and respected what they wished for themselves. The emphasis in his treatment was placed on how the patients felt about and experienced their […]
Sexually abnormal people who are forced into a lifestyle that stands opposed to their nature often thereby fall into depressed mental states that at times even lead to suicide. You guys while I probably wouldn’t use the term “abnormal” to talk about trans people in 2012, one hundred and two years ago Magnus Hirschfeld had […]
…as an adult student, Hirschfeld renounced his identification with the Jewish faith by changing the religious affiliation on his university matriculation from “Jewish” to “dissident.” If it is the late eighteen hundreds and you’re going to abandon the religion you grew up with, this is a good way to do it. Magnus Hirschfeld was awesome.
…let us turn to one of the more unpleasant urban phenomena: the wolf whistle, the catcall, the lewd jeers and comments constantly passed from men in groups and singly to women on the street- the behavior that, at his shoeshine stand at forty-second street and eight avenue, for twenty-five years, Ben has taunted, exploited, destabilized, […]
One, when WAP (Women Against Pornography) was leading its tours through the area in the early eighties, I did an informal tabulation of six random commercial porn films in the Forty-second Street area and six random legit movies playing around the corner in the same area during the same week. I counted the number of […]