A new report highlights a growing trend of trans-identified and nonbinary individuals undergoing surgeries to have both male and female genitalia. One conservative scholar says the trend makes the gender identity debate even more of a “puzzler.”
The report, published by VICE last Monday, contains interviews with multiple people who call themselves “Salmacians,” a term for those seeking bigenital anatomy.
The phrase is derived from the Greek myth of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, and the number of online trans communities using the term has grown.
In the myth, Salmacis merged with her lover, Hermaphroditus, to become an androgynous being after asking the gods to unite the pair. Science fiction writer Raphael Carter coined the phrase “Salmacians” in the 1990s to describe people who desire to have mixed genitalia, according to Vice.
While people who trans identify typically undergo surgery or take drugs to resemble the opposite gender, the article details the process of “nonbinary bottom surgeries” for people looking to achieve bigenital anatomy. (Read more from “Growing Trend of Trans Patients Seeking Both Male, Female Genitals Highlighted in Report” HERE)
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