The Sex Life Of Conjoined Twins Revealed! Sort Of…

by Lola Byrd on October 26, 2012

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Ever since the reality TV show about conjoined twins Abby & Brtittany started airing on TLC a few weeks ago, reporters have been hassling conjoined twin expert Alice Dregger about the twins’ sex lives.

All anyone  seems to care about is: “If the twins have sex with a guy, is it considered a threesome? If they masturbate is it considered incestuous? Do both of them have to approve of a sex partner? If a partner touches one genital does the other feel it?

To everyone’s disappointment, the show never answers any of these questions and no studies have ever specifically researched the sex lives of conjoined twins, but that might have more to do with society’s backwater sexual morality than the availability of actual data.

“Based on what we know about the significant variability of one conjoined twin to feel a body part (e.g., an arm) that putatively ‘belongs’ to the other twin, it’s hard to guess how any conjoinment will turn out in practice. Nerves, muscles, hormones, and psychology all probably factor in to who feels what … Whether or not both are ‘having sex’ with the third person in the equation depends on how you think about ‘having sex’ … From my studies, I would postulate that conjoined twins probably end up having less sex than average people, and that is not only because sex partners are harder to find when you’re conjoined.

Conjoined twins simply may not need sex-romance partners as much as the rest of us do. Throughout time and space, they have described their condition as something like being attached to a soul mate. They may just not desperately need a third, just as most of us with a second to whom we are very attached don’t need a third — even when the sex gets old.”

It might be all fun and games when you’re attached to your soul mate, but life isn’t easy for conjoined twins when it comes to marriage and sexuality — and not because of the inherent difficulties of being a conjoined twin, but because of society’s expectations.  Chang and Eng Bunker, “the  Siamese Twins,” married a couple of sisters in 1843 each of whom gave birth to 10 and 12 children a piece, so it’s save to say they got it on, regularly. Sadly, one of the anatomists present at the twins autopsy was of the opinion that Chang and Eng’s sex lives were an affront to “the moral sense of the community.”

Example don’t stop there, in the 19th century when a bunch of doctor types got together to decide whether conjoined twins Millie and Christina McCoy could eventually marry one dude went on to say: “Physically there are no serious objections … but morally there was a most decided one.” And in the ’30s, when Violet Hilton sought a marriage license while still attached to her sister Daisy her request was repeatedly denied.

Actually, one of the main driving forces behind the surgical separation of conjoined twins at birth is the idea that they will be able to enjoy two of life’s most basic pleasures: sex and marriage (the jury is still out on that last one). It has even become common practice to re-assign the sex of one of the twins when separation leaves them with only one penis to go around. A practice that often leads to disastrous results.

Yet, when Alice Dregger talked to surgeons about the high risks involved in separations she found that most doctors where more concerned with the possibility that the conjoined twins would grow-up and never have sex, or worse, would grow-up and have sex than the possibility of loosing one of the twins during the course of the operation. I call, BULLOCKS! None of which makes my brilliant idea to convince Pornhub Katie to dress-up as a conjoined twin with me for Halloween so we can have a threesome with some lucky rando at our office party any less awesome.

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Via theatlantic.com

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