Mar
30
2008

Male pregnancy… where have I seen this before?

Two future fathers compare their progress: Hey! They should be in a bar!
Two future fathers compare their progress: Hey! They should be in a bar!Courtesy $4 griz
One Thomas Beatie of Bend, Oregon, claims to be five months pregnant with a baby girl.

A pregnant man… so strange… and yet so familiar. Where have I seen this before?

Oh, wait, I know exactly where I’ve seen this before: for the second time in as many months, Hollywood has beaten the rest of us saps to the scientific punch. And not just Hollywood, but the Terminator himself. First it was the thing with the twins, a so called scientific breakthrough that we had nonetheless seen 20 years ago in the film
Twins
, and now we’re being told that a pregnant man is something to get all excited about, when we’ve all already known about this kind of thing since 1994 and the film (that is to say, documentary) Junior, where a matronly Arnold Schwarzenegger frets over the impending catastrophic damage to his male urethra (this wasn’t explicit in the movie, as far as I know, but we all know Arnold is too tough for a cesarean—check out Predator—and there aren’t a lot of other options for a pregnant man).

As redundant as it may be to give them attention, here are the details of the current male pregnancy: Normal guy Thomas Beatie and his wife have been together for 10 years, and had long hoped to start a family. Sadly, Nancy Beatie had had a hysterectomy, and was unable to conceive. Thinking outside the box, the Beaties decided then to switch things up a little bit, and Thomas took up the pregnancy flag himself. This would have been particularly tricky, if not for the fact that Thomas Beatie was born Tracy Lagondino, a woman. Tracy underwent a sex change 10 years ago, and legally became Thomas, and a man, but decided to keep his reproductive organs. So, after halting his testosterone regimen and waiting for his menstrual cycle to resume, Thomas was artificially inseminated.

Five months into his pregnancy, Thomas announced his condition in the gay, lesbian, and transgender publication The Advocate, explaining the process, and the associated difficulties—both medical, and in getting friends, family, and the medical community to accept him as a man who wishes to carry his family’s child.

Here’s something else to consider: aside from Junior, even, this isn’t the first time there has been buzz over a male pregnancy. In 1999 an extensive website was launched to track the pregnancy of a man named Lee Mingwei. However, the website is still up in 2008, and mister Mingwei is still apparently pregnant—the whole thing was a performance art piece by the artist Virgil Wong. This has lead some to believe that Beatie and The Advocate are pulling a similar stunt. The fact that Beatie intends to speak to the news media in two days—April 1st—doesn’t exactly lend credibility to the story.

Any thoughts? A hoax, or the real deal? And how do you feel about a man getting pregnant?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Your first description of Thomas Beatie is that he is a "normal guy". I don't think so. He has a uterus and Fallopian tubes. That hardly makes him/her/shim a 'normal' guy.

That is one crazy world out there.

posted on Sun, 03/30/2008 - 11:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

adoption??

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 11:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

totally!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:22pm
kady's picture
kady says:

adoption is a good thing because it lets people get kids if they cant have one.

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 1:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

adoption is cool

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 1:25pm
Schlocky-X's picture
Schlocky-X says:

Of course, there is one way for guys to feel pregnant for 24 hours -- and it is fully reversible!

Try one of those Velco-reinforced pregnancy suits:

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/working_stiff/index.php/2007/07/0...

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 5:22pm
Laurie's picture
Laurie says:

Rumor has it Mr. Beatie will be on Oprah this afternoon. He plans to share ultrasound pictures. If you see the show - please share your thoughts and reactions!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 1:28pm
bryan kennedy's picture

The british newspaper Telegraph has pictures of Mr.Beatie with Oprah. Unless this major news paper is doing some serious photoshoping, and unless Oprah has been seriously duped, this story is the real deal.

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 3:12pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Mr. and Mrs. Beatie were body builders?! How has this aspect of the story been entirely overlooked? Also, if Thomas underwent gender reassignment ten years ago, why is he on a July 2000 magazine under the headline "Girl Power"?

It's interesting, in the article Bryan links to, how the publisher of "eMaxHealth" is opposed to the pregnancy on the grounds of Christianity. Which is fine, of course--people can be opposed to whatever they want--but I have the feeling that this situation isn't really covered in the Bible.

And she made herself into a man, so that she might be with a woman, and it was pretty bad. And he that was she became full with child, also pretty bad. And Jesus said unto him, cut it out, my son, for it makes me feel weird.

posted on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 9:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

really. . . . . . . . . .

posted on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah i heard about that tooo... freaky deaky!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 2:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you can change back to a woman and keep the baby or give it up for adoption. . . . .
but keeping a baby is a big deal!!!!!!!!! so make sure your prepared to keep it!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 2:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

men are not supposed to have babies freaky man!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 6:48pm
hannah's picture
hannah says:

men shouldn't have babies it is way too strange how is it posibile?

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 6:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ew!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no they shoould not

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no no

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there sickkkk!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no your distcusting

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 8:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is to weird.

posted on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 9:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It sounds selfish on the parent's part to me. I mean, by what I have heard Thomas Beatie say, he just sounds arrogant about it. Yeah, they could have just adopted a child who would not have a family. But, they did this instead. It's just wrong.

posted on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 1:27am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

It's pretty different, but what exactly do people think is wrong about it? He was born with the equipment to make a baby, so, despite the very unusual circumstances, it is still a natural thing.
Any thoughts?

posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 9:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what nooooooooooooooooooooo

posted on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 8:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is freaky scary!

posted on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

just imagine 50 years from now, a couple discussing which one will hold the baby in their tummy, the mum or the dad? what is our world coming to!

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 2:48am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I'm hoping that in 50 years people will have gotten over this whole "having babies" thing.

posted on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 9:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is cool !!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 10:52am
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

i mean im not aginst anything if man want to have babies they should be able to just like ladys they grow beards and want to act like dudes its only fair man can do what they feel is right dont ever knock a person and what they want to do......

posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 9:48am
Nimrot Hutagalung's picture

Hahaha... John Mayer have been said "waiting on the world to change", now that dream comes true. By the way, I really can't understand why Beatie or someone else turn such an amazing grace (the rights to be a man/woman) in the name of Human Rights or anything else. I mean it's like altruistic. However as a Christian, moreover as a Human who belief God, I see this point as playing God. And maybe this is the one of a signs of the end of the world.

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 12:25pm
Pregnant Mum's picture

I agree with the first poster - this isn't a "normal man" for sure. Unless my husband is missing his fallopians?

posted on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 7:05am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no it's not normal......a realman made by god can not become pregnant......and for a woman who tried to change herself into a man really isn't one!!!!!!!!!she's still a woman .....and makes me sick to think we try to believe she could ever become a male and be pregnant......sick.....

posted on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 10:01am

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