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This is where we got autogynephelia from: the supposed fetish that trans* women have for themselves.
BIID is typically accompanied by the desire to amputate one or more healthy limbs to achieve that end.
This brain-surface (“cortical”) map is not immutable, however.
Dramatic shifts can occur in response to stroke or injury.
Over on the sidebar over there, I call myself a sensation whore. I like pain, I like being made physically uncomfortable. And in a way, I consider myself lucky that I me asexual? But if I’m lacking the ability to really feel erotic pleasure in any way that is meaningful to me, then how can I possibly frame any relationship or fantasy of a relationship that I might have within the context of eros?
How can I fantasize about something that I’ve never felt, feel attraction by a means that my body is unfamiliar with?
Nevermind that the vast majority of cis women, when subject to the same criteria used to detect autogynephilia in trans* women, apparently suffer from the disorder also.
The fact of the matter is that people sexualize shit that they find pleasurable and things they find not so pleasurable.
BIID can be associated with apotemnophilia, sexual arousal based on the image of one’s self as an amputee. One theory states that the origin of BIID is that it is a neurological failing of the brain’s inner body mapping function (located in the right parietal lobe).
According to this theory, the brain mapping does not incorporate the affected limb in its understanding of the body’s physical form.
Sure, it may not actually help you in the long run, but it sure feels good to know that you’re not at the bottom of the social food chain at least.
Part of the “sick freak” knee-jerk has a lot to do with the medical establishment’s obsession with pathologizing sexuality, and especially the sexuality of folks it deems abnormal.
For most sufferers, that incomplete image may mean that a leg has been left out, or a finger, or the ability to walk.