Pregnant men – I approve!

April 2, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Gender | 3 Comments
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Although nothing more than an unlikely rarity – applicable only transgender men who have kept their reproductive organs and who are with a partner who cannot conceive – I very much approve of the story of Thomas Beatie (quoted from THE SUN – I don’t think it’s a shock, but I guess that’s what the straight world needs to label it in order to avoid questioning their own petty preconceptions):

Transsexual Thomas, 34, shocked the world when a picture was released showing his bearded face and growing belly.

The Hawaiian ex-lesbian kept his female reproductive organs and is nearly six months pregnant.

In clips from the show, which will be aired tomorrow, Thomas says: “I’m a person and I have the right to have my own biological child.” |…]
According to the clips from the show, Nancy tells how a hysterectomy left her unable to conceive.

Thomas said: “If Nancy could get pregnant, I wouldn’t be doing this.”

When he switched gender, Thomas had his breasts removed and began taking testosterone in a bid to grow facial hair.

But after keeping his female reproductive organs, Thomas fell pregnant through artificial insemination.

He expects to deliver a girl around July 3.

In an interview with an American magazine, he wrote: “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.”

Thomas Beatie

I only wish the mainstream would more often accept the assigned gender of transgender folk – here, Thomas is probably only granted the label ‘man’ because of the exotism that goes with the idea of a pregnant man.

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