Sensationalism in Media: Pregnant "Man" With Child Again
Barbara Walters joins People and Oprah Winfry before her (three of our most destructive cultural wrecking balls) in cooing over Thomas Beatie, the "man" who gave birth. Why is he back in the news? Well, apparently Beatie is pregnant again, and despite early on having claimed to be uninterested in publicly, he and his wife sat down with Barbara Walters for the full 20/20 treatment to announce the new pregnancy.
This is more postmodernism run amok: Facts don't matter, only narratives and emotional impulses--which is the only reason this "story" is seen to matter at all. The fact is that Beatie may be legally a male, but law does not control biology. At that level--that is at the place of true reality--he is a female, and indeed was able to give birth naturally because his female biological parts remain wholly intact. That meant getting pregnant was merely a matter of not taking male hormones and introducing sperm into his female reproductive parts where nature could take its course. From the story:
Thomas Beatie, who is in his first trimester, tells Walters he did not go back on the male hormone testosterone after Susan's birth so he could have another baby. "I feel good," he said. "I had my checkups with my hormone level, as far as the HCG. And everything is right on track." He says the baby is due June 12.In other words, a woman is giving birth. In other words, this isn't a real story. In other words, the point of bringing this to the highest levels of public attention can only be to titillate and, in the process, destroy all concepts of societal norms.
But this is what the media has devolved to; tabloid sensationalism mixed with Pravda-style ideological propagandizing. No wonder it is a dying industry.