By Matthew Edwards
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. The Beatles always knew how to tell it straight. I’ve had these lyrics swimming in my head for quite a while now and I’ve realised that the phrase is, in actual fact, applicable to many situations. It could very well be the answer to all the world’s problems.
For example, along with current affairs, Thomas Beatie is a man living in Oregon in the United States. I say that he is a man, but he hasn’t always been a man. He was indeed born a she. But despite the details, Thomas is married to Nancy and they are trying to have a baby. Now Nancy cannot fall pregnant because she’s already had a hysterectomy, so naturally they try experiment with different options. Thomas, the husband, decides that he (who was born a she) will carry the baby instead. He takes hormones to rejuvenate his rusted girly bits, and whoopsie daisies, he’s with child.
Now this is amazing. We have our first ever pregnant man in the history of the world. Some people don’t really get this point of view and say that he was never really a he, just a she in men’s clothing. I think that society should be mature enough to let a person be what they want to be, I mean he changed his sex legally. If she wants to be a he, then let him. My question though is more about what actually constitutes a man? Obviously such minor details like facial hair, a complete love for pizzas packed with meat as well as a completely unjustified following of any kind of game involving a ball can all be overlooked, because all these do is further justify the stereotype, but then where do we draw the line between man and woman? To be blunt, I’m pretty sure one of the most defining features of a man is the obvious lack of womb. Men don’t give birth.
So both of my views contradict, I know. That’s where my mind does a somersault. It is a very confusing situation. So let’s look at it logically: The procedure is medically possible. Doctors have given the decision the green light, and the baby (whether a she or a he) will be delivered like any other. It is a reality that in eight or so months the world will witness what looks like a man, giving birth.
This is the exciting part. For once, gender is not necessary in the practical sense of the procedure. A man and a woman are starting a family in a completely different way to what society expects. I see this as a step forward for society. Perhaps everyone can now wake up, look at themselves and each other logically, and realise that everyone is in the same boat: they’re just trying to live a happy life the way it suits them. Because in the end, it makes sense that I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.