Alumni Hall B
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue, NYC
"The Sexual Aberrations"-- Do We Still Need the Concept?
If So, When and Why? If Not, Why Not?
Chair: Donald Moss, MD
Panelists: Ken Corbett, PhD, Muriel Dimen, PhD, and Sidney H. Phillips, MD
After attending this panel presentation, audience members should be
better able to think about the factors that determine the categories
of aberration and normality, not only in the sexual sphere but also
throughout the psychic domain.
AbstractThe notion of "aberration" implies a companion notion of "normal." To
ask, then, whether we still need the concept of "sexual aberrations"
is to simultaneously ask whether we still need the concept of "sexual
normality." Do we draw lines? If we do, how fixed are the lines?
Some, once apparently fixed, have now been moved. Do we have
apparently fixed ones now? Might they too move? Are certain lines
part of "bedrock"? Is there a "bedrock normality"? These questions
and others will be taken up in a roundtable format by our panel.