Pregnant Man and Pregnancy Suits

Pregnant Man Sparks Thoughts of Pregnancy Suits

The “pregnant man”, Thomas Beatie–who is actually a woman who had her breasts, but not her uterus, removed and now lives as a man, got that?–is in the news, and seemingly basking in the glow of his/her/whatever 15-minutes of media fame.

Beatie was on Oprah this week for the expected “ohhs” and “ahhhs” of the studio audience. For more on that, see “Pregnant ‘Man’ Due in July after Wife Unable to Conceive” and “Pregnant Man on Oprah: Complete 2nd Phase of Media Trifecta“.

It was about that time that a letter was received by a real man, one Darren Garnick, who apparently wasn’t interested in the transgender experience, but wanted to empathize with his pregnant wife by strapping on an “empathy belly”.

He then wrote about the experience for the Boston Herald. Here’s a bit to get the reader started.

Two weeks before my daughter was born, I strapped on a pregnancy suit called “The Empathy Belly,” and chronicled my experiences for the Boston Herald.

I participated in a birthing class, went to restaurants in the suit (surprisingly difficult to pull a chair close to the table), and even slept in it. Although there is no way to prove what people do in the privacy of their own homes, the inventor of The Empathy Belly told me she believed I wore it for the longest consecutive period of time. I was the record holder.

Not so fast, my wife Stacy reminded me.

She was experiencing pregnancy far longer than a measley 24 hours. And her suit would only come off in the delivery room.

You can read the rest of Darren’s interesting media experiment at “Labor of Love: 24 Hours of Male Pregnancy

This is where we empathize.

With Darren.

You see, no matter how many “empathy bellies” a man straps on, he’s always going to catch abuse–by both men and women.

Read the rest of “Pregnant Man, Pregnancy Suits and Over-rated Empathy” at

by Mondoreb
Source: Pregnant Man, Pregnancy Suits and Over-rated Empathy


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