Friday, June 24, 2005

Man is the New Woman


The baby is crying, she doesn't want food, her diaper is clean, Mommy's not around, and you, Dad, seem to have misplaced the pacifier. Pop quiz, hotshot: what do you do? Well, according to the Times of London, even if you're a man, you can offer up a nipple:
Aka Pygmies, a hunter-gatherer tribe from the northern Congo, a[re] the best fathers. When the mother is not available, the father calms his baby by giving him or her a nipple to suck.
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Caroline Flint, the former president of the Royal College of Midwives, said that she had come across many examples of men in Britain “suckling” their babies, even though it might not be something they talked about very much.

She said: “It’s not a case of the man saying to the baby, ‘Here you are, have my booby’, but usually of the baby snuffling along the father’s chest, finding the nipple and sucking. The men are usually very surprised, but the babies seem content.”

Link. If the idea of man-nursing doesn't appeal to you, perhaps you'd like to think about the male period, or, as I like to call it, man-struation. A teenager in India is going through that special time in a young person's life:

"If tests of blood samples prove the presence of ovum, this would be a very rare medical case," he added.

Tarak, the boy who was identified by only one name, works as a domestic help in Kalna town, some 200 km north of Kolkata.

He began 'menstruating' more than a year ago, but hid the fact from his employers and his impoverished family for the fear of losing his job.

Doctors, who say this is a very rare case but not unprecedented, are now planning chromosomal and hormonal tests on the boy.

"The presence of female functional endometrial in a male prostrate gland can cause this type of anomaly," said Pradip Mitra of the West Bengal Gynaecological Society.

Link. Well that leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Foremost in my mind is "how?"

Indexed by tags sexuality, male, female, gender, nursing, menstruation, children.


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