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Do you remember the movie Rabbit Test, starring Billy Crystal as the first pregnant man? Joan Rivers co-wrote the screenplay and directed (don’t you wanna see it now, just based on that?)? From 1978? No? I only remember because it was the activity for Kim Feidelman’s 8th birthday party, and I remember all the group movie outings. Anyway, we’re in one of those situations where fact has finally caught up with fiction. No Billy Crystal’s not pregnant, he’s too old, but Thomas Beatie is.
Beatie is a transman, a man who was born a woman, a female to male transexual. He and his partner, a woman, wanted children, but she can’t have any. Thomas had already begun testosterone treatment and had his breasts removed, but still had his vagina (that’s an odd thing to type, “his vagina”). He went off the testosterone and is carrying a child, to which he will be the father.
Now as stated in the piece I wrote about my neighbor’s request, I really don’t judge other people’s sexuality, and as long as they love their child and provide a stable home I think it’s fine, but the other side is how will other people treat the kid? And then there’s the sci-fi-ness of the whole thing…