Title

Furries and the limits of species identity disorder: a response to Gerbasi et al

RIS ID

109347

Publication Details

Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2011). Furries and the limits of species identity disorder: a response to Gerbasi et al. Society and Animals, 294-301.

Abstract

This is a response to an article published in Society & Animals in 2008 that argued for the existence of a “species identity disorder” in some furries. Species identity disorder is modeled on gender identity disorder, itself a highly controversial diagnosis that has been criticized for pathologizing homosexuality and transgendered people. This response examines the claims of the article (and the design of the study itself ) and suggests that the typology it constructs is based on unexamined assumptions about what constitutes “human” identity and regulatory fictions of gender identity.

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