Duke Authors Comment on “Pregnant Man”

Two Duke authors are quoted in a New York Times piece about Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man who is due to give birth next month. Judith Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity, comments, “When there’s a lot of fascination around a figure like Thomas Beatie, it points to other changes already happening elsewhere in the culture.” And Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, author of Tendencies and Touching Feeling, says, “The Beatie case seems like a way of having some of the Trans 101
discussions publicly, giving them one kind of a face and doing it in a
way that’s not asking anybody for anything. He’s
pregnant, he seems happy. It’s not in happening in any kind of a
judicial, let alone criminal, context so it’s not a matter of claiming
a right. It’s a matter of exercising one.” She continues, “People experience gender very differently and some have really
individual and imaginative uses to make of it. That’s an important
thing for people to wrap their minds around.”

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