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FERNANDEZ-FERNANDEZ, Daniel. The pathologization of desire: critic notes regarding the coercion of identity and pleasure. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.24, pp. 195-210. ISSN 2175-1390.

The present article refers to the main theoretical and practical properties that are derived from the contemporaneous pathological discourse, regarding the "psy" apparatus, and their concomitant consequences for society. In these sense, a reflection is developed around the essential axes of the "Sexual Disorders" section from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV-TR), concerning specifically the pathologization of the nonheterosexual identities in a wide term, and the so called paraphilias. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to discuss the value of the current nosological categories about sexuality. In order to do so, the main focus is to unravel their inherent logic that tries to regulate desire and standardize pleasure, in a hidden, but persistent manner.

Palabras clave : Psy apparatus; DSM; Transphobia; Paraphilias; Pathology.

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