third gender http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22115/all en Transgender news: Scientist finds people who can “switch” between genitals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/scientist-finds-people-who-can-switch-between-genitals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Further research on “phantom genitals” may call for a new category of transgenderism. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Human sexuality, it appears, has never been more complex.</p> <p> Not to mention elusive.</p> <p> A scientist has studied a group of men and women who report that their sexual identity can switch involuntarily to that of the opposite sex and back again, <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/04/19/ramachandrans-lab-looks-into-whether-you-can-be-a-man-in-the-morning-and-a-woman-at-night/">Scientific American reports</a>.</p> <p> For some people, the switch can occur several times a day.</p> <p> Most of them however, report the frequency is more like once a week.</p> <p> The &ldquo;switch&rdquo; is accompanied by the sensation of phantom breasts or genitalia of the non-biological sex.</p> <p> The study,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364652">Medical Hypotheses, &ldquo;Alternating gender incongruity: A new neuropsychiatric syndrome providing insight into the dynamic plasticity of brain-sex</a>,&rdquo; was published by Laura Case, a graduate student of renowned neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran.</p> <p> It is based on research with 32 respondents (11 anatomically female) from an online bigender forum that hosts about 600 members.</p> <p> Scientific American listed the following fascinating quotes from research subjects:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/scientist-finds-people-who-can-switch-between-genitals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> phantom genitals third gender Offbeat Science United States Wanderlust Wed, 02 May 2012 17:58:21 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5701438 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Video: Transvestites are more than 'bienvenidos' in a Mexican town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/18979/120814/location-video-third-gender <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); ">Indigenous Zapotec culture accepts Muxes, gay and often crossdressing men who help support their families financially.</span></p> LGBT On Location third gender Culture & Lifestyle Mexico Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:00:04 +0000 Deborah Bonello 5715999 at http://www.globalpost.com