He’s Gonna Have a Baby

05Apr08

Thomas BeattieThe story has been circling the online news, blogs, and videos for about two weeks now. A 34 year old Oregon man , Thomas Beattie is claiming to be 6 months pregnant and has come forward showing off photos of his belly and sharing his story with People magazine. When I first read about his story no one in his town believed what was going on and dismissed the “rumors”. Townspeople laughed and shook their heads when reporters asked them about what was being said.

At first glance you would swear Beattie had 3rd degree beer belly, but the truth has been confirmed that he is indeed now six months pregnant. Beattie was once a woman who decided to have surgery to remove glands from his breast and take hormones to make him appear more like a man.

Not that a man being pregnant wasn’t out of the ordinary but what was bugging me is that he is married and the couple has two other children who are older (described in articles as grown). I wonder how they feel looking at daddy pregnant or if they had known that daddy wasn’t always daddy. And how does his wife feel? His wife was actually the one who inseminated him, they used a syringe filled with sperm they purchased from a bank. What she had to say to Oprah and reporters,

“He’s going to be the father and I’m going to be the mother”

Oprah sat down with Beattie for his first on screen interview. I love how Oprah kept it candid, joking about some things and reassuring Beatie that he didn’t have to be nervous. The other four parts of the interview are linked under.

Video Pt.2

Video Pt.3

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Video Pt.5

The unavoidable biological fact is that men cannot become pregnant. A few males in the animal kingdom do in a sense become pregnant (such as seahorses, which carry eggs in their pouch once they are transfered there by a female, then fertilize them and carry them to term). Humans, on the other hand, are another matter entirely; if Beatie has retained his babymaking equipment, then he is in fact still biologically a woman, not a man. Beattie says,

“I opted not to do anything with my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day.”

Aside from his clothing and beard he still seems so femme, he’s not at all trying hard to look or sound much like a man. He seems so fragile and gentle. What’s left to say but I hope that the rest of his pregnancy goes well :/ . He really didn’t have to scare the world though. I bet you every man who came across the story whether at work at home or just surfing the net at Panera Bread was praying to God as they clicked the story to read on lol. I had such mixed feelings thinking about this because Beattie is indeed a woman but seeing him and hearing him talk I get so confused, completely forgetting that fact. Watching the lightly bearded man talk about his pants getting tight because of his expanding belly is wild. What was most surprising to me out of the whole interview was the fact that Beattie and his wife reached out to organizations that were supposed to act as support groups to trans gendered and gays and everyone encouraged him to keep quiet. That was strange to me.

When it comes down to it Beattie had to say this,

“Who hires a surrogate if they are perfectly capable of carrying their own child?”

I guess.

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4 Responses to “He’s Gonna Have a Baby”

  1. 1 Pjohns

    What is this world coming to. I feel for his children, the curial things people will say or do because of the actions of others. Do you thing this a stunt done for the all mighty $?

  2. 2 Redd

    I know, kids are cruel! Who knows what they’ll be teased about or what they might say. I actually don’t think it’s a stunt but I bet a lot of people do.

  3. 3 melisa

    Now I do not have a problem with transgenders at all. Whatever you do is your business and it has nothing to do with me so more power to you. But I am a firm believer in once you make a decision you should stick with it. Once the decision was made in his head to become a man there should be no turning back. I dont think that what he is doing is wrong everyone is entitled to cihldren but what a horrible time to decide to have children, after you have become a man…

  4. If your tween is into paint-ball you can take everyone to play paint-ball.
    I’ve played Nancy Drew for years and even her saccharine personality is more 3D than Lindsay or ‘Linds’) as she calls herself. Play games all night long in keeping with the twenties theme such as various card games and crossword puzzles.


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