In what was one of the oddest stories of the year, an Oregon man Thomas Beatie, became pregnant and delivered a child back in June. Naturally it was no ordinary thing for a man to have a child, in fact it was probably the first time it has ever happened. As long as we have known, the process of child bearing has been that of the role of the female gender. We were all taught the reproductive process when we were little. Man and woman have sex, woman gets pregnant, and nine months later woman gives birth. New methods of the reproductive process are changing the way it’s all done, for example nowadays a woman does not have to have sex in order to become pregnant, but the case of Mr. Beatie is really putting a twist on the tradition.
As the story goes, Thomas Beatie was born Tracy Lagondino, a female. In the late 1990s Beatie underwent a sex change and legally became a man. While to the eyes of the public and in law, he was now a man, but one part of the female he was born stayed with him, his reproductive organs. So after Beatie was married, and his wife Nancy previously had a hysterectomy, he went through an artificial insemination late last year. The result, he became the world famous “pregnant man,” and instantly went to the top of the list of tabloids, talk shows, paparazzi and all types of mass media. Not to mention the millions around the world who had something to say about it, whether positive or negative.
Beatie never went back on his male hormone testosterone after the birth of his daughter, so two months ago, Beatie’s wife inseminated him again and now the frenzy of the “pregnant man” starts all over again with him expecting his second child. In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, he said, “I feel good. I’ve had my checkups. And everything’s right on track.” His second child is due June 12.
Not for nothin’, but this calls in to question what we were taught as kids. Just as millions are tyring to make allowances for men to marry men, are we going to start to make allowances to men wanting to have children? Should this be accepted in the mainstream up until the point where its not a big deal and whether the man or the woman has the child is an option? But can Thomas Beatie really be a man if he’s still having children? So many questions! Well here’s another…was adoption out of the question?