Peggy J. Kleinplatz

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Peggy J. Kleinplatz is a Canadian clinical professor, psychologist, and sexologist whose work often concerns optimal sexuality, opposition to the medicalization of human sexuality, and outreach to marginalized groups.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Kleinplatz graduated from University of Ottawa with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1987. She is a full Professor of Medicine[3] and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, where she was awarded the Prix d'excellence, and is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University.[4][5] She has also held the Chair of Ethics and the Chair of Certifications for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists (AASECT).[6]

Kleinplatz and physician Charles Allen Moser argue that paraphilias should be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).[7] Kleinplatz wrote, "[T]he DSM criteria for diagnosis of unusual sexual interests as pathological rests on a series of unproven and more importantly, untested assumptions."[8] Therapists who focus on "functional" versus "dysfunctional" sex, have an approach, she writes that "is, at best, limiting and constraining and, at worst, dehumanising and risks exacerbating rather than alleviating suffering."[9] Kleinplatz criticized sex therapy as being "too performance oriented," and not focusing enough on desire.[10] Her work has been to focus more on ways that partners can please one another by learning to listen to what their partners want.[11][12] Kleinplatz has shown that "great sex flourishes in relationships that deepen with maturity," according to the Globe and Mail.[13] She has also criticized the concepts premenstrual dysphoric disorder[14] and dyspareunia as medicalizing women's bodies.[15]

Her book, New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (2001), was considered by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy to be an important challenge to current models of sex therapy.[16] The book is also a feminist critique of sex therapy and describes modern issues facing the practice.[17] The second edition came out in 2012 and it was updated and expanded.[18] New Directions in Sex Therapy (2nd edition) was a co-winner for an AASECT award in 2013.[6] Her book, Sadomasochism:Powerful Pleasures (2006), examines fifteen in-depth cases of different types of couples who practices sadomasochism.[19]

Selected publications[edit]

Publications in peer reviewed journals(<2004)[20]
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “Editorial: Sexuality and older people: Doctors should ask patients, regardless of age, about sexuality”, British Medical Journal, 337, 2008, a239
  • Ménard, A.D., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Twenty-one moves guaranteed to make his thighs go up in flames: Depictions of great sex in popular magazines”, Sexuality and Culture, 12(1), 2008, 1-20
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “Coming out of the sex therapy closet: Using experiential psychotherapy with sexual problems and concerns”, American Journal of Psychotherapy, 61(3), 2007, 333-348
  • Ribner, D., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “The hole in the sheet and other myths about sexuality and Judaism”, Sex and Relationship Therapy, 22(4), 2007, 445-456
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., & Ménard, A.D., “Building blocks towards optimal sexuality: Constructing a conceptual model”, The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 15(1), 2007, 72-78
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “SM: Powerful pleasure”, Journal of Homosexuality, 50(2/3), 2006, 1-348
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “Learning from extraordinary lovers: Lessons from the edge”, Journal of Homosexuality, 50(2/3), 2006, 325-348
  • Dancer, P.L., Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C.A., “24/7 SM Slavery”, Journal of Homosexuality, 5(2/3), 2006, 81-102
  • Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal”, Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17(3/4), 2005, 91-109
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Politics versus science: An addendum and response to Drs. Spitzer and Fink”, Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17(3/4), 2005, 135-139
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Is SM pathological?”, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 2005, 255-260
  • Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Does heterosexuality belong in the DSM?”, The Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 2005, 261-267
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “How to talk to kids about sex”, San Francisco Medicine, 78(2), 2005, 19-21
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “Adding insult to injury: The classification of dyspareunia as a sexual dysfunction in the DSM”, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34(1), 2005, 36-38
  • Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “EL DSM y las Parafilias: Un argumeto para su retirada”, Revista de Terapia Sexual y de Pareja, 19, 2004, 31-56
  • Offman, A., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Does PMDD belong in the DSM? Challenging the medicalization of women’s bodies”, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 13(1), 2004, 17-27
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Towards clinical guidelines for working with BDSM clients”, Contemporary Sexuality, 38(6), 2004, 1-4
  • Moser, C., Kleinplatz, P.J., Zuccarini, D., & Reiner, W., “Situating unusual child and adolescent sexual behavior in context”, Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 13(3), 2004, 569-589
  • Kleinplatz, P.J., “Beyond sexual mechanics and hydraulics: Humanizing the discourse surrounding erectile dysfunction”, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 44(2), 2004, 215-242


  1. ^ Alexander, Brian (May 22, 2008). What's ‘normal’ sex? Shrinks seek definition. MSNBC
  2. ^ "Advisory Board". Human Centre for Sexual Wellness. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Events: Professorial promotions and awards ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  4. ^ Laurance, Jeremy (July 9, 2008). The new sexual revolution. The Independent
  5. ^ "Prix d'excellence". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "AASECT Awards". Sex Ed Center. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Klein Announces Winners of 2007 Sexual Intelligence Awards". Contemporary Sexuality. 41 (5): 14. May 2007 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2005). DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal. In Dan Karasic and Jack Drescher (Eds.) Sexual and gender diagnoses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM): a reevaluation. Haworth Press, ISBN 978-0-7890-3214-0
  9. ^ Barker, Meg (2011-02-01). "Existential sex therapy". Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 26 (1): 33–47. doi:10.1080/14681991003685879. ISSN 1468-1994. 
  10. ^ Naughton, Jim (July 2001). "BOOKMARKS; New and Noteworthy: Surveying the Latest Summer Titles". Psychotherapy Networker – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Is This DESIRE?". Flare. 34 (12): 134. December 2012 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ Auteri, Steph (2014). "Optimal Sexual Experience and the Goals of Sex Therapy". Contemporary Sexuality. 1 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ Bielski, Zosia (2009-07-03). "The secret to good sex: aging". Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  14. ^ Offman A, Kleinplatz PJ (2004). Does PMDD Belong in the DSM? Challenging the Medicalization of Women's Bodies. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 13
  15. ^ Kleinplatz PJ (2005). Adding insult to injury: The classification of dyspareunia as a sexual dysfunction in the DSM. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 34, Number 1 / February, 2005
  16. ^ Nichols, Margaret (May 2013). "New Directions in Sex Therapy (2nd edition)". Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 39 (3): 291–293. doi:10.1080/0092623x.2013.763643 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  17. ^ Atwood, Joan (July 2003). "New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (Book)". American Journal of Family Therapy. 31 (4): 318–321. doi:10.1080/20039291918231 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  18. ^ "The Human Sexuality Shelf". Internet Bookwatch. May 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  19. ^ "Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures". ProtoView. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  20. ^ "Peggy Kleinplatz". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 

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