It is amazing how far Nature has come over the centuries. In the beginning – all depending on what you believe – there was a slim being which gradually evolved into life as we know it today, growing into different species of animal and, eventually, the human species. Male, female and everything in-between grew from these simple origins to populate our world. Man, the theoretically greatest of all creations, has come a long way since those days. We have taken over the world and turned it almost exclusively into something we can use to further our own ends, at the cost of many other animals and life forms.
Now, it seems, we have gone a stage further. Not just the ability to create life using fertilization techniques and test tubes, but also a gender-crossing ability to give birth.
Of course, if you read between the lines you’ll appreciate that Edwin Edwards, despite the advances in technology and his age, hasn’t given birth to a child. He hasn’t developed a uterus or been impregnated by someone else, hasn’t gone through the stress of pregnancy or the birth-right.
It seems strange, to me at least, that the male of our species is always congratulated on the birth of a child when the bulk of the work is carried out by the female. Is this a sign of continued sexual discrimination? Or is it just that a man was still capable of producing enough sperm in advanced years of a high enough quality to impregnate a woman? Perhaps the woman is unimportant, or her name isn’t known. Perhaps she’s of an ideal age to bear children, which makes this short Tweet hardly unusual, were it not for the fact that Edwin Edwards gains the fame, and the real worker, the mother stands outside of the limelight.
- Viktoria Michaelis.