Medicare has affirmed 22 Australian ‘men’ gave birth in one year – prompting an academic to insist masculinity could be associated with being pregnant.
The Department of Human Services has revealed information on transgender fathers as another BBC documentary Seahorse screens at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival. It profiles a 30-year-old British transgender man Freddy as he plans to give birth to a son.
The administration’s Medicare data showed 22 guys gave birth during the past financial year. This made them among the 228 self-distinguished men who had been pregnant during the past decade. There were no recorded guys giving birth in the 16 years to June 2009, with just one case named ”unknown’ in that time.
Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a senior speaker in social and political sciences at the University of Melbourne, rejected Melbourne 3AW telecaster Neil Mitchell’s suggestion that ‘having a baby challenges your very masculinity’.
She said:‘Manliness implies various things to various individuals,’ I’m certain your manliness is diverse to some other man in your office. In this case, gender is something that people who go through a gender change have thought extensively about but probably think about it in less binary terms than most of us.’
Dr Rosewarne also insisted someone who was biologically a woman could be male even without having had sex-change surgery. She further added:
‘They may not have necessarily had an operation, but they now identify as male,’. For them, they consider their entire identity wrapped up in the identity of a male, therefore they refer as males. It is something culturally we have to think more about and it’s jarring for some people, Jarring is not a bad thing, we all have to adjust our way of thinking. It’s not just about what bits you have. In the ocean world, the male seahorse carries the eggs from the female in its pouch and then gives birth