Monday, October 01, 2007

Not Until I See Synchronized Puking, Thanks.

Seems like David didn't realize he had a uterus.

There is one phrase that bothers me beyond anything else. It is more than a pet peeve. I seriously cannot stand it when people utter the words. . ."We're pregnant".

Who is this "we" that people who use this phase speak of?

Take this thread on The-N, for example.

I expressed my displeasure with the phrases "she's having my baby" and "We're pregnant", and chaos strikes.

Check out this quote:

No, what's silly is the fact that you seem to have some sort of burning hatred for the male sex. Every little thing that someone has to say about this subject is automatically incorrect to you because you're too stubborn to take down your walls and accept someone else's opinion for once.
That was in response to this statement by me:

Saying "Hey, don't take credit for what I'm going through that you're not" isn't dismissing him. It's just saying "Hey, don't take credit for what I'm going through that you're not. I mean, you did a good job with that ejaculation thing and all, but you're not pregnant now."

Sperm makes a zygote. A woman makes the kid. Getting her pickles and ice cream at 3 in the morning doesn't mean he's pregnant. Sorry. He's doing just that: Sticking around. You don't have to attribute something that he's not going through to him just because of that. That's silly.

So, in conclusion, because I don't think that men get pregnant, I hate men. Or, perhaps it's my unwillingness to attribute pregnancies that men don't go through to men that makes it obvious that I hate men. I'm not sure which option it is. All I know is that men do to get pregnant, and as such, they don't get to take the credit for pregnancies that women go through. Saying things like "We're pregnant" and "she's having my baby" erase the fact that women contribute much more to the process of reproduction than men do. "She's carrying my baby" is just downright unnecessary possessiveness. It unnerves me that some of the girls on that thread thought it was "sweet". "We're pregnant" bothers me even more than that because it's a more subtle sort of sexism. I know that it's supposed to imply that the man is staying with the woman, but I don't understand why one needs to attribute the actual pregnancy to him in order to do that. Can't you just say "I'm pregnant (or my significant other is pregnant) and my male significant other is staying with me (or I'm staying with my significant other)"?

I'm sorry, but "we're pregnant" won't stop bothering me until men are puking up their breakfasts and squeezing bowling balls through straws alongside the women who are ACTUALLY pregnant. If that means I hate men, well, I hate men quite a bit.

1 comment:

FEMily! said...

I sort of left the-N. This old lady just got tired of all the bullshit on that site.

I've always hated this "We're pregnant" thing too. "We're" not doing anything. It's just another example of this idea that women shouldn't be recognized for anything that they do by themselves. It's like certain healthcare legislation that covers the embryo or fetus but not the woman, because apparently the health of the pregnancy isn't dependent on the health of the woman. It's indicative of all pro-life sentiment, actually. It's like the embryo or fetus would go on to do great things like cure AIDS and become president if it wasn't inconveniently inside some damn woman with the audacity to have her own life. And it's an example of bowing down to the all mighty man who actually does what he's supposed to do. If a man gets a woman pregnant, he's supposed to stay with her. And not even "stay with her" as in "have a committed sexual relationship." Just plain don't walk out on her, dumbass, and be a responsible father when the kid is born. Women all over the world do that every day -- they give their kids baths and take them to school, help them with homework, and cook dinner. Watching TV and drinking beer is all that's expected of Dad, and if he simply slaps a baseball cap on his daughter's head and takes her for an ice cream cone, he's tied for first in the World's Greatest Dad Competition with every other father who does only what is expected of him, plus one. The mothers who do everything else, well, that's what they're supposed to do (and it's still not enough).