Twin dating show
Believe it or not, surgeons have done this: Separated toddler twin boys and made one a girl, because there was only one penis to go around.(These children were essentially two people on top and one on the bottom.) In fact, this has been done in two cases.I'm afraid I just laughed when, in writing a book on conjoined twins, I came across this 1984 line by a nurse writing in a medical journal: "Two people never being able to obtain privacy to bathe, excrete, copulate, or eat defies imagination." Surgeons sometimes openly allude to sexuality as a motivator for separation surgery.In 2002, as soon as he had made the cut separating two little girls joined at the head, the neurosurgeon involved paused to announce to the assembled medical team, "We now have two weddings to go to." Indeed, when I talked to contemporary surgeons about how they decide whether to undertake the substantial risks some separations involve, I found that surgeons had two fears, sort of conjoined: one, that twins would grow up conjoined and thus never have sex; two, that twins would grow up conjoined and actually have sex.At least it seems that way, judging by the number of reporters calling me to ask about the sex lives of conjoined twins since the TLC reality show Abby and Brittany went on the air several weeks ago.As I've told callers, although there are no real studies of the sex lives of conjoined twins, we can safely assume that conjoined twins want -- and occasionally feel conflicted about wanting -- sex, as we all do.But not as conflicted as we singletons seem to feel about them having sex.Typically, people who are close to conjoined twins come to adjust and see them as different but normal; they seem fairly untroubled by the idea of conjoined twins pursuing sex and romance. The best example of this would probably be the story of Chang and Eng Bunker, "the Siamese Twins," so called because they were from Siam (now Thailand).
When filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod set out to do an A&E Channel program about Lori and Reba Schappell, who are conjoined at the face, Weissbrod showed raw footage of the twins to New Yorkers on the street, without explanation, to gauge their reactions.
If one has an orgasm, does the other enjoy the same, however unwittingly? Conjoined twins, like the rest of us, tend not to talk in great depth publicly about their most intimate moments.
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.
Whether or not both are "having sex" with the third person in the equation depends on how you think about "having sex." One reporter calling about the TLC reality show asked me, if Abby Hensel is kissed, will her sister Brittany feel it?
The biology geek in me wants to answer that the happy hormones that come from a good kiss probably work their way to both brains.