The Latest Gender Phenomenon

As medical experts dig deeper into the world of sexual orientation and gender identity, their research expands this field of knowledge in ways that are nothing less than bizarre. Case in point is the work of Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, who claims to have discovered a new gender which is neither male nor female, but bi-gender.

The condition identified by Dr. Ramachandran, called “alternating gender incongruity” or AGI, occurs when people involuntarily switch between male and female. Individuals with AGI experience phantom breasts or genitalia of the opposite sex, according to the highly respected neuroscientist.

His study considered 32 people who registered on an online bi-gender forum, 11 women and 21 men. One-third of the group said their gender switching was predictable; a majority switched weekly while 14 others said they switched once or more daily.

Dr. Ramachandran said that his findings to date indicate that between the extremes of male and female is a “spectrum of a poorly understood and poorly studied group of ambiguously defined sexual identities that are very much part of the human condition.”

He did, however, caution that his results are suggestive, but not conclusive of his theory, and that he still needs to rule out multiple personality disorder or role-playing by his research subjects and ascertain whether there are biological indicators present, such as fluctuating hormone levels.

His research also revealed that those with AGI had a tendency to ambidexterity and bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, while admitting that more work is required, scientists are pushing for a new category of transgender or neuropsychiatric condition.

The medical exploration of strange phenomenon is nothing new for Dr. Ramachandran who earlier investigated “synaesthesia”, a condition affecting millions, where one’s senses are intermingled; people can taste words, hear colours and feel sounds.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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One thought on “The Latest Gender Phenomenon

  1. First, V.S. Ramachandran is not a “medical expert” as the term is commonly used. He is not liscensed to practice medicine in California. He does not work with patients in a clinicial setting. Second, he has conducted no actual research (beyond gathering the information from an on-line survey). Finally if you read the paper published by Ramachandran and Laura Case (a graduate student at UCSD) you will see that Ramachandran’s hypothesis is based on the contention that one side of the brain is male and one side is female. (Really?)

    Keep in mind that this theory was developed by a scientist who recently conjectured that men in Lamaze classes experience the symptoms of false pregnancy because their mirror neuron systems over produce empathy hormones.(See page 281 of the Tell-Tale Brain). The notion that mirror neurons are somehow involved in producing hormones will come as revelation to most neuroscientists.

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