A Pregnant Man?!

No chance of that. Men are (thankfully) unable to become pregnant. Therefore, “Thomas Beatie’s” pregnancy is not a scientific miracle; it is a sad and pathetic commentary on our culture.

Here is the story. 34 years ago in Hawaii Tracy Lagondino was born. Ms. Lagondino grew into a prominent gay-rights activist. She decided, however, that she identified more with manhood than womanhood. Since God had made a mistake with Tracy’s gender (my tongue is placed firmly in cheek); Ms. Lagondino underwent a sex change to correct the mistake. Her breasts were surgically removed. Regular injections of testosterone were received. Gender status from female to male was legally changed. Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie was “legally” a man whose female reproductive organs were left intact.

Here is the problem. Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie is “married” to Nancy Roberts. This couple wanted a child, but Nancy was unable to conceive because of her past hysterectomy. In steps Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie. This person stopped her twice-weekly hormone injections, allowed her periods to return, and tried for a baby. Here is her comment:

Sterilisation is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights.

“Reproductive rights”?

Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie continues:

Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire but a human desire.

Sure, but carrying the child and giving birth to the child is the sole domain of the female. Which is what Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie is, and that is why she is able to become pregnant.

Nevertheless, both articles which I have linked in this post used only masculine pronouns when referring to Ms. Lagondino, and all the people interviewed for the stories did likewise. The reporters were more considerate of Ms. Lagondino’s feelings that many others. She was quoted in the TimesOnline article as saying:

Healthcare professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recognise Nancy as my wife. Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender.

I cannot even imagine how to be supportive of a woman who alters her physical appearance to resemble a man, and then becomes pregnant. I understand why they haven’t told most of Nancy’s family.

The cat is out of that bag now.

Ms. Lagondino is pregnant with a baby girl who is due in July. About her manly appearance, apart from the pregnant tummy, Ms. Lagondino stated:

How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child – I am so lucky to have such a loving, supportive wife. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother.

I don’t believe that I have ever read a more confused and sad statement. She is not a man. If she was she would not be pregnant. She is not Nancy’s husband. She is an artificially masculine looking woman who is married to Nancy. (Since Ms. Lagondino is legally classified as a man the state – Oregon – does not recognize this as a same-sex marriage. Oregon is just as confused as Ms. Lagondino.) She will never be her daughter’s father. She will be the male looking mother who gave birth to this child.

Here is the real problem: gender confusion; complete, total, utter, unfathomable gender confusion. It is amazing that gender, the most basic aspect of humanity, has become such a confusing issue. Yet news stories abound with phrases such as: “transgender”, “unisex”, “gender transition”, “gender expression”, “gender dysphoria”, “gender fluidity”, “sex reassignment”, and more. This confusion is directly related to a cultural consensus which states that the differences between male and female are strictly aesthetic. Therefore, if you change the plumbing you’ve changed your gender.

Wrong!

This story and others like it are disturbing, but they are the reality of our day. It is sad and amazing that we must think about these issues. But we must think about them so that we may be ready to respond Biblically and in a Christ honoring manner. Al Mohler devoted yesterday’s radio show to this topic – Accounting for the Gender Confusion of Our Day. As usual, the show is well worth your 38 minutes. I have previously posted two articles on this subject. You will find them here and here.

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About Travis

Christ follower. Husband of one woman. Father of three young men. Former 11B. Blessed to pastor the Bible Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, KY.
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2 Responses to A Pregnant Man?!

  1. skylana says:

    wow, i always forget that there are still people as close minded and cruel as you out there. why does it make you so upset that these people have found something that makes them happy? i understand not agreeing with it, but it making you upset seems really weird. i hope that someday someone close to you, like your child or another family member goes through something like a sex change so you can have some compassion and understanding towards people who are different than you. what is sad and pathetic to me is how angry you are over someone elses happiness simply because you choose not to understand it. how childish.you dont have to respond to me, i’m not planning on coming back here, i just saw this on google while searching for TRAVIS and took one look.

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