A little known fact is that the Bunker wives' father originally objected to his daughters marrying the twins Yet in the nineteenth century, when doctors discussed whether the twins Millie and Christina Mc Coy could marry, one spoke for many: "Physically there are no serious objections ...
but morally there was a most decided one." When, in the 1930s, Violet Hilton sought to get a marriage license while conjoined to her sister Daisy, she was repeatedly refused.
Some of these actions are defined as crimes by Minnesota statutes.
One April day in 1843, Chang married Adelaide Yates, while brother Eng married sister Sallie Yates.
Based on the fact that Chang and Adelaide had 10 children, and Eng and Sallie 12, it's fair to say the brothers had sex.
At the autopsy of the Bunker twins, one of the anatomists opined that their active sex lives "shocked the moral sense of the community" -- even though the truth is that the Bunkers' neighbors appeared to have just accepted the situation.
I'm afraid I just laughed when, in writing a book on conjoined twins, I came across this 1984 line by a nurse writing in a medical journal: "Two people never being able to obtain privacy to bathe, excrete, copulate, or eat defies imagination." Surgeons sometimes openly allude to sexuality as a motivator for separation surgery.
In 2002, as soon as he had made the cut separating two little girls joined at the head, the neurosurgeon involved paused to announce to the assembled medical team, "We now have two weddings to go to." Indeed, when I talked to contemporary surgeons about how they decide whether to undertake the substantial risks some separations involve, I found that surgeons had two fears, sort of conjoined: one, that twins would grow up conjoined and thus never have sex; two, that twins would grow up conjoined and actually have sex.
In one case, the "girl" is said to have reverted to being a boy, and in the other, the child-left-as-male died, leaving the parents who came to the hospital with two sons to go home with one daughter.