Back when the GOP started to push their ludicrous “Bathroom Bills”, I had to do some research on what really defined a male and female from a genetic level. This led me to information on the World Health Organization website that ran through all the known variations of human sexuality and from there I found one that matched me more than I had ever seen before called Klinefelter’s Syndrome.
After talking to my Endocrinologist, he agreed to let me get tested for this condition and after a few weeks and $1,500 we had our answer. I am 10% XY / 90% XXY, making me a Mosaic Klinefelter’s Syndrome human.
I’m still a male but that extra X chromosome in my cells causes some anomalies that have been mysteriously causing problems with my life over the years. Being that I’m Mosaic though made some of the tell-tale signs hide from view so my doctors never picked up on it at all. Although I have presented this information before, I keep learning new things about it and how it has steered my life that I had to share on an idea that really made me think.
I have the rare form of the most common genetic disorder but you’ve more than likely never heard of Klinefelter’s Syndrome. Now, you have definitely have heard of Down Syndrome and it is in the same list of genetic deviations I found my condition in. The syndromes happen right at the start of conception and there is no cure because the condition is in all of your cells so it would be impossible to fix. (A transmatter buffer array might be able to filter it out but that tech is in another universe.)
Despite the problems that come with having a genetic issue such as mine, I find it interesting to learn about all of the traits that have been found in people that have been observed with this condition. Usually most of them are quite benign but I can see where they could cause a lot of stress, especially if you were trying to have a family of your own because most of the males are infertile.
The only problems with this has been my parent’s reaction. My dad doesn’t understand it enough to really get a conversation going about it and my mother has never once acknowledged that I even have it. This has made it impossible to try and clarify why I had problems growing up and show them how my puzzle fits together. Still, I try to keep the information flowing with everyone else I encounter because I’m curious about it.
What caught my eye recently was the observed behaviors in Klinefelter’s Syndrome people.
- Quieter (yep)
- Less assertive or self-confident (a little)
- More anxious or restless (yep)
- Less physically active (somewhat)
- More helpful and eager to please (most definitely)
- More obedient or more ready to follow directions (very much so)
From these, I realized that what may be obvious to some is that the behaviors that I knew instinctively as “me” are actually conditions of the syndrome and are not really within my control. I see that in these areas, I have no “Free Will” and my biology makes me who I am just as much as my experiences have shaped me to who I am now.
Yet I don’t think I really want to change these things because I know what limits they follow and how much happiness I get from them. Knowing that I am “normal” within my own category makes me more content because now the unknown is known and I can now carve out my future better.
But on the other side of the coin, it makes me wonder how many people out in the world are fighting against issues that are just part of their genetics and cannot be controlled with therapy or medications. How many people have been jailed or institutionalized because they have some undiagnosed genetic variation from the average person. Where could more genetic testing help but, also how much harm could it do to know more of what separates us.
Humans already have a hard time accepting people that look and think differently from them, what would happen if they knew there were more divisions on a genetic level that they could “classify” people and possible segregate? I guess its a path that we as a society have to travel carefully and hope that those with some semblance of scientific understanding can help keep the masses from upending the fabric as it has been. By keeping diversity part of any culture, you allow for a dynamic system that can easily change and adapt.
I’m not worried about getting secluded by “average” people because people cannot “see” what is different about me other than I look much younger than I am and most people covet that more than disparage it. However, I feel for people that deal with those that can’t handle things that are not like themselves. My differences help me see the problems with picking out not what is great in others, but highlight how people look for what is wrong in everyone and maybe that is another genetic trait, a control of their own free will.