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In case you haven’t heard, dudes can now get knocked up.
Like good troopers, our elite institutions are adapting with heroic alacrity. The Washington Post and the ACLU have seamlessly transitioned to calling the abortion debate one about a person’s right to choose. (When you think about it, this is a meaningful step toward acknowledging the rights of the unborn.) That bastion of inclusivity the CDC has replaced the term pregnant women with pregnant people faster than you can say Michael Avenatti. And the most well-known tampon brand in the United States, Tampax, invoked the #mythbusters hashtag on its Twitter feed to gaslight its dimmer followers that not only women have periods. (Here it might be useful to point out that male pregnancy, like so-called “long Covid,” seems to have a disproportionate impact on progressives. Indeed, no documented case of pregnancy has been documented among male Trump voters.)
One might think that the advent of pregnant men would be greeted with the sort of worldwide awe of the first moon walk or a visit to our planet from aliens. Instead, the result is a shrug of the shoulders and a revamping of various institutions’ style guides. One must wonder, though, if it is a mere coincidence that the unprecedented shortage of tampons in the U.S. might have something to do with the fact that men, apparently, are having periods?
That the baby formula shortage is coeval with the tampon shortage only reinforces the largely overlooked surge in male pregnancy. While Secretary Of Transportation Pete Buttigieg may opt to adopt a child in order to avoid the labor pains associated with giving birth through his penis, many everyday pregnant and nursing men lack the access to birth control, abortion, and a host of other services for which policymakers still focus almost exclusively on the needs of women.
In an era of inflation, over-extended supply chains, and women irresponsibly impregnating multiple men with no intention of forming a family, policymakers need to take notice.Published in