Date: 03/03/2015

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 A 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)

Price: $8 in advance

Tonight’s highly illustrated talk will comprise a tour of the papers of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ethel Spector Person (1934-2012), director of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (1981-1991). Person was best known for her research done with Lionel Ovesey on the psychosexual roots of transsexuality and transvestism, distinguishing core gender identity from gender-role identity, and gender identity from sexual preference. She also conducted important studies of fantasy, love, sex, power and the places in which those concepts overlap and intertwined, such as the practice of BDSM. Unlike her contemporaries, Person stepped outside the clinical setting to conduct research, and while doing so amassed a fascinating collection of materials drawn from the transsexual, transvestite, and BDSM communities, including newsletters, newspapers, catalogs and amateur fiction.

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