Is Reproductive Equality Feminists' Worst Nightmare?
By Rod Van Mechelen
What will feminists do when men can bear children? Reproductive equality can be a boon to both sexes, but in the politically charged climate feminists have created, it could also mean war.
The ectopic possibilities
2003 Olympia, Wash. - An ectopic pregnancy carried to term in Montreal recently demonstrated that it will someday be possible for men to become pregnant. This is supposed by many to be men's worst nightmare and every woman's fantasy:
It may be every woman's fantasy, and a nightmare for the typical man: creating a male mom....Dionne Grant, 30, delivered a healthy baby boy after the fetus developed in her abdomen. The birth -- a rare ectopic pregnancy carried to term -- proved that a baby can grow outside the womb. And if a fetus doesn't need a womb, then does it need a woman? - Ingrid Peritz, Miracle birth signals male moms?, The Toronto Globe And Mail, Friday, Aug. 15, 2003; page A14
While few men would wish to suffer pregnancy, the fact it is possible reduces the reproductive value of women. And when the day comes that women's wombs are no longer necessary, will this reproductive equality be men's worst nightmare, or feminists'?
Rod Van Mechelen
Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ Backlash.com. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.