At least you’re not the walrus.

10 04 2008

By Fish

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. The Beatles always knew how to tell it straight. I’ve had these very lyrics swimming in my head for a few days and I’ve realised that the phrase is, in actual fact, applicable to many situations. It could very well be the answer to all the world’s problems.


For example, in a modern context, Thomas Beatie is a man living in Oregon in the United States. I say that he is a man, but he hasn’t always been a man. He was indeed born a she. But despite the details, Thomas is married to Nancy and they are trying to have a baby. Now Nancy cannot concieve because she’s had a hysterectomy, so they try a different path. Thomas, the husband, decides that he (who was born a she) will carry the baby instead. He takes hormones to rejuvenate his rusted girly bits, and whoopsie-daisies, he’s with child.


Now this is amazing. We have our first ever pregnant man in the history of the world. Some people don’t agree with this, and say that he was never really a he, just a she in men’s clothing. I think that society should be mature enough to let a person be what they want to be, I mean he changed his sex legally. If she wants to be a he, then let him. My question though is more about what it actually is that constitutes a man? To be blunt, I’m pretty sure one of the most defining features of a man is the obvious lack of womb. Men don’t give birth.


So both of my views contradict, I know. That’s where my mind does a somersault. It is a very confusing situation. So let’s look at it logically: The procedure is medically possible. Doctors have given the decision the green light, and the baby (whether a she or a he) will be delivered like any other. It is a reality that in 8 or so months the world will witness what looks like a man, giving birth.


This is the exciting part. For once, gender is not necessary in the practical sense of the procedure. A man and a woman are starting a family in a completely different way to what society expects. I see this as a step forward for society. Perhaps everyone can now wake up, look at themselves and each other logically, and realize that everyone is in the same boat: they’re just trying to live a happy life the way it suits them. Because in the end, it makes sense that I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

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