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?

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

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  1. Patrice 8 years ago

    Vanessa, Irene, my therapist now, was recommended by another social worker, whom I’ve known for many years…..Irene is so understanding. I’m single, so there would be different issues that she would have to work out with a “girl”, who is married or has an s/o in her life. Irene and I have gone back to the days when I used to play jump rope with girls on my block. (I used to get teased by the guys playing stickball – maybe they were jealous). Anyway, a lot of times some of the girls, in those days, wore their little dresses and as they jumped you’d see their pretty panties. Sometimes, though, they wore cute little shorts with tee shirts, then you could see their blossoming boobs – they weren’t wearing any bras at that age. I was always so jealous, yet they let me play with them. We played dolls and house and other girly games. I didn’t mind being called “sissy.” I went too long now, again, but I’d recommended finding a therapist ( I think a female one would be better than a male) and start sharing with her. I’m sure she would want, at some time, your wife to participate. Therapy is not a bad word in this day and age……it is there to help us. Please let me know, Vanessa, if you need any more advice on this topic……Patrice

  2. Chrissy 8 years ago

    Being deep in the closet and suffering is no way to live life. I have long felt that I didn’t fit in with my male counterparts, and was always the 3 wheel with women friends with whom I am more at ease. God knows I have tried to be more of a man, it just doesn’t seem to last. I took both tests and I guess maybe finally I should seek out some help. I am a class 4-probably transexual on the COGIATI and a 50 on the female side on the BBC test. I have dressed on an off for years, and lately I am really wanting to go full time and go out where I can be seen and accepted.
    Hugs, chrissy

    • Ami 7 years ago

      I just want to let you know, these test, while are somewhat accurate, you can't rely on them. On the COGIATI I score as class 4, always. On the BBC (Which I believe to be complete crap) I score as 50 on the male side. Now the reason I say this test is crap, is because on allot of the tests, men and women score almost exactly the same, even though there is supposed to be a bigger difference according to it. Just look at the stats averages. The reason for this, is because this test depends more entirely on how smart and detailed you are which doesn't prove gender in the least bit. And again the averages on these tests prove that.

      However I do recommend you go see someone, it's your best bet to know for sure.

      • Jocelyn Jimenez 6 years ago

        I have been crossdressing on and off since I was around 10. I’m 38 now and married with kids. I recently told my wife about it and well it didn’t go over to good. We are currently separated and lately I have been dressing up more often and feeling more feminine. I really been thinking about becoming a women is 38 to old to start a transformation. Should I seek counseling to help with this life changing decision.

    • sonny 7 years ago

      hey thanx 4 shareing can you tell me where can i find that test id like to take it pleez thanx sheila

      • Ami 5 years ago

        I took the test and finished a solid 4. I’m new to having all of these like mined people able to disclose their most intimate feelings… Love, love, love it! I can’t wait to participate in these wonderful conversations.

        See you’all soon


  3. Jayne 5 years ago

    Im an over 60 transwoman who has been closeted since the age of 4. I would love to live full time as a woman but it is very daunting. Guess I will have to pull up my big girl panties and begin the journey towards the real me.

  4. Josephine Shaffer 4 years ago

    I ama woman on in side but want to be inside, and out.

  5. portal dla singli 4 years ago

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t
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  6. sex 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about crossdressing. Regards

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    Lisa Roy 2 years ago

    Good question my body screams to become a woman. Slowly I will be wired to think like one.

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    Adena 2 years ago

    I took the test and it says that I fit into category three which is Androgyne and I am not sure how I feel about that.

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    Jaymie 2 years ago

    A very solid category 3. Perfect for me!

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    Rayna Dawn Hunt 2 years ago

    I took the new Cogiati test several month ago and scored a solid 4. I first completed the original cogiati 5 or 6 years (maybe longer) and scored exactly midway between male and female. I forget what the range of scores was back then.

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    Laura Miller 3 weeks ago

    Took the cogiati test. Am class 2 sounds close.

  12. Patrice 8 years ago

    BTW, I should point out that my therapist, Irene, is NOT trying to change me back to be more masculine (really never was), but rather is getting into my feminine mind. She talks to me about my feelings and emotions and thoughts as “Patrice.” She knows me now that she treats me as a woman and respects me as a woman. She is about 20 years younger than I am, but is quite knowledgeable about what I’m going through and what I’ve been through for many, many years. After our sessions, which are twice weekly, (fortunately covered by my insurance company), I leave as a better and more feminine “Patrice.” She is NOT into transformation or makeup skills or what clothing to wear, she is into my “female brain”….and I like that. I hope I am not boring to other “girls”, but I feel if I could help just one “girl”, it would be good for me. Also, Irene, is not into any operations for me. She is glad that I’m on the small hormone doses that I am. She does see “more of a girl in me, than more than a guy (oh, thank goodness!!!).” I wish, and maybe so many of us do, that I was born female. But it is only a wish or dream, and I can live my life as “Patrice” the way I have for many, many years. Thanks for letting me get some things off my chest (ha, ha) for all these years. Hugs to my sisters.


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    Vanessa Law 8 years ago

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

  14. Patrice 8 years ago

    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.


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