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XXY Chromosomes – What, Why, Who, and What to do

XXY is the new happy, healthy, and capable man

What is XXY?
XXY is the second most common type of healthy human male chromosome.

What is XXY not?
XXY is not interesex.
XXY is not a combination of XX and XY.

This site shares the truth about the XXY chromosomes. Nearly every search engine result online contains wildly misleading “facts” about XXY. There are four types of healthy human chromosomes (not just two), and XXY is one of them. XX and X0 are female, and XY and XXY are male.

Why is XXY important? XXY represents an evolving human race. Expecting mothers need to know the surprising truth that their XXY baby has no chromosome defect. Doctors, by and large, are not presently telling them this, and they regularly recommend abortion of XXY fetuses (285,448 terminations per year and rising).

Living XXY men need to know they can live on equal terms with XY men, yet the medical standards for XXY males are well below that of their XY counterparts, and doctors often treat their XXY patients with a stunning level of disrespect. The standards must change.

Who has XXY chromosomes? One in every five hundred men is endowed with XXY chromosomes. That means there about two million XXY men, many being treated as subnormal, unworthy humans by their doctors and educators. The problem is, many parents, researchers, doctors, and educators have a fundamental misunderstanding of the differences, and instead of seeking understanding, many mislabel XXY males as unintelligent, unruly, slow learners.

It is documented that XXY boys and men learn differently. Yet, our learning difference poses no imposition, slowing of pace, or unproductive interruption in a classroom. In fact, the difference may help increase critical thinking in classmates.

XXY is NOT Klinefelter: Google, Wikipedia, universities, nonprofits, Johns Hopkins, Genetics Home Reference, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development all equate XXY chromosome humans as having a ‘condition called Klinefelter Syndrome,’ but they aren’t telling the truth. XXY is not a condition. The truth is, medical researchers lack real-world XXY experience; they benefit from not gaining experience, keeping their standards and research funding routine intact. Although they are aware of this, they promote incorrect and misleading data anyway.

Why should you take my word for it? I am an XXY man, and according to doctors, I am the antithesis of everything they say is typical XXY male. I have many success stories, and every reason to share them.

Aren’t there non-profits who advocate? The main non-profit organization who helps families of XXY boys and men in the US discouraged me from telling my story. Why? Well, I’m still trying to understand this, but that organization, AXYS, works directly with Johns Hopkins, who publishes grossly biased and questionable information about XXY boys and men.

Ideology and Education: If researchers, doctors, and educators are going to identify and diagnose difference, they must in equal measure illuminate the positive attributes and advantages of difference, otherwise, they are inherently promoting ignorance and intolerance. The dialog needs to change.

What can you do? How do we, as non-medical professionals, tell researchers, doctors, governments, and educators that they have a fundamental misunderstanding of XXY boys and men? Their interdependence will likely see them band together to reject the stark evidence. The good news is, there is a whole lot we can do. I hope you will take action, because this is a basic human rights issue, encompassing human equality, patient rights, invisible diversity, community, and equal education. This issue needs to be addressed on a community level.

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If you would like to start an XXY initiative, get in touch. I’d love to help or list your project here on XXY Truth.

XY and XXY men are virtually the same

XXY chromosome men are basically the same as XY chromosome men

Looking at an XXY man, they look the same as any XY man. Yet, medical researchers say XXY men are taller. Reality check: tall XY men tend to be taller too.

Medical research for XXY has consistently attempted to call out a laundry list of health maladies unique to XXY men, yet if you scrutinize the list and compare it against the maladies from which XY men can and do suffer, you may find that XXY men actually suffer from an equal or less amount of medical issues than do XY men.

Sure, just like all men and women, XXY men encounter health issues during their life. All of us – me, you, everybody – are equally perfect, equally flawed. There are no adverse characteristics universal to all XXY men, just as the same is true for XY men. Even the characteristics long used by medical researchers to ascribe a commonality of issues are evolving. For instance, once upon a time it was thought to be a rarity that an XXY man could reproduce, but now that is changing. XXY men fathering children is on the rise.

XXY men experience pleasure and pain, just as do XY men.

“Life is pain!” Gregory House MD, shouted in the final season of the popular television show. That bit of excellent script writing told the stark truth about which few of us want to be aware. Life is also joy and discovery, of course, but how we deal with pain is a large part of what defines us. Has there ever been a human being that did not suffer pain at some point in their life?

All humans suffer. The fact that all humans suffer from medical issues is part of what defines us as human. If this was not the case, we would have no need of doctors. To call out a laundry list of maladies supposedly unique to one specific type of human when in fact they could describe all humans seems to boil down to chromosomal prejudice.

Doctors have acknowledged that if you look at a cross-section of the XY and XXY male population, you will find the same occasional irregularities and characteristics equally prevalent in both. Yet, many doctors have no idea this is true. This is not acceptable.

The medical research community needs to know they have it wrong. All doctors need to know it. They need to acknowledge it, update their knowledge base, and talk about real life experiences of XXY males.

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Imagine you are an XXY fetus inside an expectant mother

[Read this before Googling “XXY chromosomes” if you want accurate information.]

Imagine for a second that you are a fetus inside your mother’s womb (and that you can understand language already!). You are hearing a doctor tell your mother that you, the fetus inside her, have been “diagnosed” as having XXY chromosomes. The doctor says you will not be a normal child, and recommends that your mother terminate you. You can feel your mother’s emotional struggle and grief as it grips the entirety of her being.

Got that? Ok, now for the scary part:

A doctor who recommends abortion of an XXY fetus does so because he or she has no idea that an XXY male is virtually the same as an XY male, in every way, with the sole guaranteed difference being the presence of XXY chromosomes.

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XXY is simply another kind of male

If you search for “XXY Male”, “XXY Chromosomes”, or “47,XXY”, the search engine results will provide you with pages and pages of mostly incorrect information. Among them is the idea that XXY chromosomes equals Klinefelter’s syndrome. This is patently incorrect. You may also read that XXY chromosomes are a disease, which is also not true.

A chromosome is a strand of DNA. Many men have XY chromosomes, while millions of other men possess XXY chromosomes.

Among the more offensive and incorrect characterizations medical researchers have published in peer-reviewed articles that should never have passed review are the idea that XXY males possess subnormal intelligence, have female body proportions and characteristics, have mental problems, are unruly in a classroom, and have gender identity issues. None of these are true.

In fact, think of nearly any undesirable health issue, and type that issue into a search engine, appended by “XXY chromosomes”. In nearly all cases, you will find that medical research has been done with the goal of ascribing that health issue as a problem in XXY boys or men.

The single most offensive characterization is that XXY babies are unworthy of being born. Keep in mind that the above characteristics are at best unusual, and that they occur with equal frequency in both XY and XXY men.

An XXY male is male, plain and simple. Like XY men, the vast majority of XXY men are simply male. Sure, just like in XY men, there are occasionally individuals who have gender identity questions and abnormal body proportions, or other issues. Take, for instance, men lacking in physical fitness, who may experience health issues. Regardless of chromosome type, people who abuse their bodies tend to have more health issues.

XXY males do not universally have abnormal proportions, nor any of the characteristics commonly ascribed by doctors, the media, and even government medical resources such as the Genetics Home Reference.

XXY males are fully capable, healthy, athletic, compassionate, intelligent human beings.

XXY is Not Intersex – XXY Movie is Wrong

The XXY Movie is wrong. Countless times, when I talk about XXY, people have read about the movie, written and directed by Lucía Puenzo, which gave the world a completely false portrayal of what constitutes an XXY man. Is the person portrayed possible? Sure, just as possible as it is for an XY man or XX woman to be intersex.

Thank you Lucía Puenzo for misleading the movie-watching world with your moving story in the inappropriately titled XXY.

The movie "XXY" had it wrong. XXY is not intersex. XXY is male.While the movie offered a compelling story, the character’s sexual identity had no realistic relation to XXY chromosomes. It is a fact of humanity that intersex humans exist (since at least 385 BC, when Plato spoke of them in The Symposium), yet their presence or population is at best equal in XX, XY, and XXY humans.

The movie did nothing in helping people understand the reality of XXY chromosomes, instead confusing people with a purely fictional direct correlation between XXY chromosomes and multiple sex organs. The truth is that most XXY men are equipped with merely a penis.

I speculate on why people seem to get so weirded out by the idea of an intersex human in this Guest Blog Post on Lunch Ticket.

Intersex is a feeling, and it is one that I cannot speak about because I have no direct experience with it.

Inaccuracy aside, the movie XXY is a touching human story, worth a watch, albeit with the knowledge that is it not remotely representative of XXY boys or men.

If you should find yourself confused whilst watching it, keep in mind that the director intended to confuse you by using a clearly female actress of slight build to portray an intersex person, and also keep in mind that XXY men are not built like that. No, we’re built like men, period.

Think the world could use an accurate XXY movie? Leave a comment or get in touch.