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Elizabeth Hasselbeck is the voice of reason?

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November 16th, 2008

Out of the all media pieces I have seen in the last week as the world learns that Thomas Beatie is pregnant with his second child, none floored me as much as this piece from “The View” where it is Elizabeth Hasselbeck that brings the conversation back to a sense of reality “”Having another baby 10 months from now? That is hard work. 15 months apart? That’s the hardest thing yet!” The announcement is at 3:45 of the view below.

As someone who is more of an ally than an activist for transgender people, I confess to not being on top of each nuance of the movement. But I think I can gather up my ally fury to scream “bloody hell!” at most of the media’s reaction to Beatie’s second pregnancy. It’s not the headlines that upset me; most of them have been fairly tame like “Pregnant man expecting again.” But it has been the delivery on local news broadcasts as well as cable news broadcasts. Unfortunately I don’t have video of them for evidence. One of my local news teams announced it and the anchorman said something like, “And you thought it wasn’t a weird day.” I saw the news listed on “weird news” on Twitter.

The most genuine “weird” question about Beatie’s second pregnancy parallels Hasselbeck’s concern - Why so soon? The answer appears obvious, he had to go off testosterone in order to get pregnant. The sooner he ‘finishes’ having babies, the sooner he can get back to his hormones. I can only suspect how odd it must be to go off testosterone for so long like Beatie has done.

I wish him and the family well, good luck on the second pregnancy and to me, the only thing odd or weird is how someone’s personal decision between two adults on how to create a family stirs up other people’s transphobia.

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