By Larry Getlen. While the concept of conjoined twins — two independent people permanently joined as one — is intriguing for many reasons, few aspects spur as much curiosity as how two such people live romantic, sexual lives. Upon their arrival, they were subject to countless medical inquiries. The brothers gained fame as freaks, and saw opportunity as Americans.
We Finally (Sorta) Have Answers About the Sex Lives of Conjoined Twins, Abby and Brittany
The Sex Lives of Conjoined Twins - The Atlantic
It is widely accepted that valid consent is necessary for the permissibility of sexual acts. This requirement explains why it is impermissible to have sex with non-human animals, children, and agents with severe cognitive impairments. This paper explores the implications of this requirement for the conditions under which conjoined twins may have sex. While these implications are highly counterintuitive, it is dificult to articulate the relevant moral difference between these cases. Conjoined twinning occurs when a single embryo formed by a sperm and egg splits early in the development, but not completely. This results in two genetically identical clones that share the same set of genes, as well as some body parts.
The Sex Lives of Conjoined Twins
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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. 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. But those who are watching from afar cannot abide. Chang and Eng were joined by just a bit of liver and some skin.