Here’s the headline from the UK’s Times online: “‘Pregnant man’ Thomas Beatie gives birth for second time.” The story caught my eye because I didn’t even know such a thing was possible. I’m no medical expert, but I am pretty sure I would have heard about it if some technology were invented that actually enabled a man to conceive and give birth. But that is actually not the case here. Here’s the key paragraph from the report:
“Mr Beatie, 35, was born a girl named Tracy Lagondino but had gender reassignment surgery and is now legally male, wears a beard, and is married to Nancy. Despite changing his gender, Mr Beatie had kept his female organs so he could fall pregnant one day.
“After his daughter’s birth last year Mr Beatie told ABC news that he wanted to expand his family, so he did not go back onto his male hormones in order to be able to fall pregnant again. Both babies were conceived via sperm donors.”
The “man” in this story is not actually a man at all. Beatie is biologically a woman who has gained legal recognition as a man. What has happened here is inevitable in a culture that says that gender is a social construct that an individual can deconstruct if he so chooses. In other words, the spirit of the age says that gender is something that you learn, not something that you are by virtue of God’s good creation. The Bible teaches, however, that gender is something that you are before you learn anything. For more on the topic of gender confusion in the culture, read my most recent editorial for JBMW here.