Dr. Jem Tosh


Yes I'm a survivor of sexual abuse, and yes that perspective is essential to my work. I have been sexually assaulted by cisgender men and women, straight and queer, that's why it was so important to include survivors of many genders and sexualities in this book. Sexual abuse has never been a binary.




Coming out as a survivor, queer, and nonbinary, reminded me how central embodiment and physical experiences are to each of these things - and therefore they had to be central to a discourse analysis. Analysing representation is important, but without the lived and embodied experience, it's a partial perspective.

Interview with Dan Oudshoorn

"The pain that comes from years or decades of trauma for simply being who you are and living in a world that says there is something wrong with you, or that you shouldn’t exist at all, accumulates. It is a pain that I can empathize with anyone who would be seduced by the thought of ‘normality’ to make existing (seem) safer and more bearable – but the struggle of trying to ascertain an impossible (constructed) ‘ideal’ has its own cost... In that context, ‘normality’ can seem like the better alternative. It’s not, of course. The better alternative is to dismantle the concept entirely." - Dr. Jemma Tosh


Dr. Jem Tosh is a Chartered member* of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Founding Director of Psygentra, an organisation dedicated to the psychology of gender and trauma.

She is the author of three books, Perverse Psychology, Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives, and The Body and Consent in Psychology, Psychiatry and Medicine: A Therapeutic Rape Culture

Jem has taught and conducted original research at several universities in the UK and Canada, including Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Chester, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the UK Discourse Unit and The Critical Institute.

Prior to her move to academia and consulting, Jem worked in the UK National Health Service (NHS) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) including departments dedicated to working with Looked After Children (LAC), autistic children and their families, and paediatric neuropsychology.

Jem was also an Assistant Editor for the Psychology of Women Section Review and a Committee Member of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section of the BPS. During her time on the committee she worked to promote activism inside and outside the academy. She foreground trans feminism in the section and challenged pathologising approaches that targeted trans and queer youth. 

*Please note that Jem is not a registered psychologist in the Province of BC.

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