As a woman, I’m naturally very appreciative, as well as curious, about the male anatomical design and I’ve always been fascinated by the slightly raised line that seems to be the join of the scrotum.
Known as the perineal raphe, it extends from the anus, through the mid-line of the scrotum (where it becomes the scrotal raphe) and upwards through the posterior mid-line aspect of the penis (to form the penile raphe).
This noticeable line is due to a phenomenon of foetal development where the scrotum (the equivalent of the labia in females) and penis close toward the midline and fuse, causing a ridge of tissue.
This ridge of tissue is formed when the genetic coding decides that the foetus is going to be a boy. If things had gone the other way, then the tissue would have become the lips of the female labia and the tip of the penis would have been her clitoris.
If you look at the upward V formed by the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes and then correspond them to the upside down V of the penis and testicles you can see how it all works.
In cases where the genetic signals become confused, you get babies that have genitals which are neither one thing nor the other and none of it works properly.
Thinking about it in this way, the whole miracle of the formation and gestation of a foetus is quite extraordinary.
But, as a friend who has studied this genetic question explained to me, it goes much deeper than this.
There are homophobic arguments about people being “unnaturally” or “pervertedly” gay, or suffering what’s known as ‘body dysmorphia’ – where they have all the characteristics of one gender, but are mentally the other. People also think of Hermaphrodites (from a fusion of Hermes and Aphrodite) as being genetic mutations outside the norm.
The point is that we are all hermaphrodite until a certain point in our development, when the X or Y chromosomes should fulfill their potential towards one gender specific development.
Sometimes, for some reason, either the body develops one way and the mind the other (Body Dysmorphia) or the genes get confused or crossed allowing both sets of genitalia to begin to develop (Hermaphrodite), or everything seems to be OK in the complete gender specific arena, but the sexual interest is towards one’s own gender, which could possibly be viewed as very mild body dysmorphia.
The evidence for the completely natural, though incorrectly developed issues above are obvious in the evidential similarities, shown not least in the perineal raphe, but also the similarity between the internal and external genitalia as below:
The G-spot in the female and prostate in the male giving deeper and more convulsive pelvic floor orgasms.
The fact that men still have ‘totally useless’ nipples for no apparent reason.
The fact that, given heavy doses of steroids which directly trigger hormonal responses, transgender mutations can still be engineered in a person’s hirsuteness, voice tone, and both organ and bone shape.
The type of superficial intensity of the clitoral/glans-penile orgasm.
The appearance of the clitoris (which tumesces – ie: swells under stimulation, out from under a hood) and the penis with its foreskin.
The similarity between the testes, vas diferens (tubes) and the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
In short, we are all more alike than we think, and only genetic irregularity makes any of us stray from the male/female norm…and being gay, or a man/woman trapped in the other gender’s body is not a perverted choice. It’s just the unfortunate way it is for that being who developed in that way, and has to live in an ignorant society.