What Sex is your brain?

I love taking the tests for gender. I’m fascinated with the prospect that someone can take seemingly basic things about my life and expression, and tell something more fundamental about who I am, that I may not even realize. Of course, with any such test there is part science, part art, and part make believe, and we should never let the results from a test determine who we are.

Some of you are probably familiar with the COGIATI test, which stands for the mouthful of ‘Combined Gender Identity and Transsexuality Inventory’ (phew). This test is targeted to Male-to-Female, Pre-Operative people, and should be used as a basis for self-examination, and to consider whether further investigation should be pursued with a qualified therapist.

At the end of the test you are categorized into one of five categories:

  1. Class 1 – Definite Male, typical of the sexual gratification-based, fetishitic transvestite
  2. Class 2 – Feminine Male, mostly sexual / fetishistic but slightly gender involved crossdresser
  3. Class 3 – Androgyne, the serious transgenderist
  4. Class 4 – Probably Transsexual, most common type of transsexual (well over 70%)
  5. Class 5 – Classic Transsexual, the rarest, early onset, ‘classic model of early research’ transsexual

Whenever I’ve taken this test, I either end up as:

  • Class 3 – Androgyne, or
  • Class 4 – Probably Transsexual

I think this shows two things: Firstly that our self perception varies over time, with our moods and our circumstances – something that is important to keep in mind for those who are contemplating a transition. Secondly, for me at least, cross dressing is more than just about feeling comfortable wearing woman’s clothes, but striving to be woman in mannerisms, behavior and thoughts. Whenever I have done this I get a sense of resonance, just as playing a chord on the piano perfectly matches two or three different notes to produce a harmonious sound.

For those who aren’t transgendered

The other day I found a great gender test on BBC, which is among one of the more scientific I’ve taken. They also allow everyone to play along, so you don’t need to be transgendered to take the test. My results are below, showing that my brain is slightly female. When my wife took the test she scored as the typical male (so perhaps we are equally yoked :) ).

What did you score? Did this match up with your expectations?

Is your brain a cross dresser or transsexual?

Before you rush off and make any big decisions based on a gender test, please heed these warnings. Have fun!

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A woman living in Seattle, enjoying the freedom to be who she is every moment of her life!

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    I’ve been writing some comments now on this great site of Vanessa’s. I find it quite helpful. I am definitely a crossdresser. My brain is 90%, if not 100% female. Yes, I started young, like most of us. I can tell you stories about wearing my first bra and other lingeries, about doing my makeup. (Times difficult) Yes, I qualify as a cd. I plan on writing a short story or two to tell you more about yourself. About 8 months ago, I decided to see a therapist about my cd’ing. When I contacted her, we spoke for about thirty minutes while she interviwed me via phone…..we set up an appointment. Before I hung up, I asked her what I should wear to her office. Irene, the therapist, told me to wear what I felt comfortable in….I was nervous all week. Mind you now, I’ve been dressing female for over 35 years (yes, 35). I decided to go mostly drab. I wore a bra with breast forms and panties with control tops under my male clothes….you could see the stockings at my ankles. Of course, you could see my bra under my shirt. Irene complimented me on my choice at this time. Fast forward, now I go weekly for my session as “Patrice.” Irene is bringing “Patrice” out more as the women she should be. She makes me feel so comfortable. She is very understanding. We talk about everything….we get into my past life from dressing as a “little girl” to now. She doesn’t want to change me. I feel so good knowing that I am not alone. She treats other “girls” and now we see each other in waiting room…it is such a “girly” thing. I could go on and on about “my wanting to be a girl all my life”, but I’ll hold that for future posts, or possibly for a short story, as mentioned, in the future. Feel free to contact me at “rjb7839@aol.com” to chat if you’d like. Hugs to all for now.
    I enjoy chatting with my sisters, Thank you.


  7. Vanessa Law says:

    i’ve been thinking of taking that step myself sometime soon. Did you contact a therapist who specialized in treating transgender ladies?

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