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.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).Chang and Eng were joined by just a bit of liver and some skin.The same discomfort generally carries through to our own time.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.
Based on the fact that Chang and Adelaide had 10 children, and Eng and Sallie 12, it's fair to say the brothers had sex. "Please, baby, just send me a special picture." Sometimes guys guilt trip you into sending one. In the virtual age, cybersex is becoming extremely popular.Other times you tell then to get on Skype because you think it is safer and that it can’t get back to bite you. If the term “cybersex,” more commonly known as “Skype sex,” is not a part of your sexual vocabulary, you might want to listen up.One thing we know for sure about the sexuality of conjoined twins: People who aren't conjoined are fascinated by it.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.