Attraction to transwomen is called gynandromorphophilia. But there are at least two forms: autogynephilic and bisexual.
In the West, since the 1960s, homosexuality has been defined by attraction. Gay men are attracted to masculine sexual features—muscular taught bodies, facial hair, prominent jaws, assertive attitude and so on. If we define homosexuality in this way, then it should be clear that being attracted to soft bouncy hair, full breasts, red lips, big eyes and so on simply cannot be seen as a homosexual attraction, for a man.
If it were as simple as that, then that would be it. But it’s not. There are some other issues to deal with, especially where the woman retains a penis. I’ve made a YouTube video discussing this, here.
Homosexuality as seen today
The contemporary model of gay male sexuality is essentially a socio-political construct, which was evolved in order to prevent gay men from being stigmatised, particularly gay servicemen in the US. Gays were encouraged to be as masculine as possible themselves, while being attracted to the same attributes in others. They were encouraged to drop all of their effeminate behaviours and become macho, macho men. Thus was born the Accommodationist model of male homosexuality, as expressed in what I call the New Gay Man.
This type of gay man looks like the men he’s attracted to. Homosexual men, under the Western, or ‘egalitarian’ model, go to great lengths to be as masculine and macho as they can in order to attract men who are themselves attracted to masculine and macho. To do this they suppress, more or less successfully, their own femininity.
However, they are attracted to masculine men, not transsexuals. These men desire to play the feminine role to the straight male’s man. They are not in any way attracted to transwomen, as has been repeatedly shown in the literature. In fact, if they were attraxcted to femininity, they would not be gay.
Incidentally, one result of this, and other social and peer pressure, has unquestionably been that an unknown number of HomoSexual Transsexual transwomen have ended up as gay men.
But, if you were paying attention you noticed above that here we are talking principally about transwomen who have not undergone Genital Reconstruction Surgery. They retain their penises. These were identified by Ray Blanchard, whose work underpin our understanding of transsexualism, as gynandromorphs or GAMS.
More commonly they are known as pre-operative transwomen, sometimes as ‘shemales’ or ‘trannies’ and by a number of local names like ‘travestis’ and ‘bekis’. They are at the heart of a massive section of the porn in industry and of personal sex work; many men are attracted to them.
Males in the shape of women.
This means ‘males in the shape of women’; and it is a perfect description. GAMs present a combination of feminine attractors — soft skin, pretty faces, feminine mannerisms and usually, hormonally induced breasts. These are often boosted with injected silicone. But crucially, they retain a penis.
Attraction to these transwomen was called by Blanchard ‘gynandromorphophilia’ (GAMP) — lovers of males in the form of women, or, to put it in a colloquial way, ‘chicks with dicks’. But note: they are attracted to femininity along with the dick. (There is some evidence that gynandromorphophilia, unlike autogynephilia, may affect women too.)
Ray Blanchard was the first to describe GAMs– which he described as having ‘partial autogynephilia’. However we know that they can often be HSTS. Indeed, desire for GRS seems to vary from culture to culture without impacting the underlying profiles.
Further to Blanchard, more studies have been done by Kevin Hsu at Northwestern University in Chicago.
To sum up the state of present knowledge, about half the men attracted to non-GRS transwomen, of both types, are themselves autogynephilic. They are attracted to what they themselves desire to be — transwomen.
There is a proportion of these men who take this further, according to the reports of trans escorts and prostitutes. These men like to dress as women when being penetrated.
These men are clearly autogynephilic. Their dressing is a part of the transgender sexual experience that they desire.
Autogynephilic transattracted men prefer huge boobs, facial surgery and silicone hips. Indeed the visual evidence of transition appears to be an attractor for these men.
The rest are more difficult but it does appear that they express a form of bisexualism. Whereas bisexualism is usually seen as a serial experience, this is not the only form it can take, The fact that it is not is shown by a whole category of porn in which bisexual men have sex with both men and women in the same scene. Attraction to transwomen seems similar. The men are attracted both to the pretty face, the alluring eyes,the breasts, the soft skin and at the same time, the penis. (Men specifically attracted to post-GRS transwomen are rare.)
I think it is reasonable to assess these men (and I am one) as ‘bisexual GAM’. We are attracted to certain feminine and certain masculine features on the same body.
We tend not to go for massive hips and buttocks or surgically rebuilt faces. We like breasts, but cute hormonal ones are fine. We’re not saying no to implanted ones, but it’s not a deal-breaker at all. We are turned on by ‘beautiful girly-boys.’ And we are definitely majorly into anal penetration.
Most such men are repulsed by masculinity, which is a heteronormative reaction. They are usually also repulsed by typical Western AGPs, who are way too masculine, both in appearance and manners.
Frequently these men will admit to enjoying penetrating anally. After all, any sexual penetration of a pre-operative transwomen has to be via the anus, so for a man who desires this kind of sex, she’s a good partner.
How does bisexual gynandromorphophilia arise?
How does this bisexual form of gynandromorphophilia come about? Well, for me, I was first stimulated by the idea of a girl with a penis when I was around 8 or 9. This had become something of a crush fantasy and I remember thinking about it a lot. I grew up in the 60s and then, in the UK, porn was unavailable. Instead there was Reveille magazine, which featured pictures of girls in swimsuits. My Dad kept a stash he didn’t think we knew about — haha. When I looked at these pictures — I was not yet masturbating — I saw them with penises under the swimsuits.
One night my younger brother and I were talking about this and I drew a picture, from memory, of one of the Reveille girls, leaning tastefully against a tree. I drew her with a penis.
I grew up in a household with no female siblings and there was no internet. I though girls had dicks and they just hid them. I thought for many years, after I discovered the truth, that this was just me, but then I found that Freud had written about it, that the Greeks had written about it and many others.
Men like this — who are attracted to women — may spend many years wondering why the women they are involved with, whom they may sincerely love, seem to be ‘missing something’. And the day they meet, and see naked for the first time, a transwomen with a penis … revelation dawns. I doubt if any such man could ever go back.