by Jared Yee | Feb 17, 2012 |
The distinction between sex and gender has become even more complex,
with Britain's first transgendered "male mother" believed to have given
birth. The person is thought to have had the baby last year, while
living as a man. Medical experts said that if the womb is not removed
during sex-change surgery, a woman who becomes a man is still capable of
bearing a child.
Details were released by Joanna Darrell, of the Beaumont Society, which
supports those who seek gender reassignment surgery. She said the
person, in "his" thirties, asked about the possibility of having
children after the operation. He was sent to another organisation but
contacted the Beaumont Society to thank them for their help and tell
them "he" had had a baby.
Trevor Stammers, a lecturer in bioethics at St Mary's University College
in Twickenham, told the Sunday Times that the child's "bizarre
beginning" would stay with it for the remainder of its life. "You are
hardly going to end up with a baby that is going to have a happy,
productive and optimal childhood," he said.
Josephine Quintavalle, of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: "Whether
we like it or not, human biology is for a male and female to produce a
child and they are then called Mummy and Daddy. If there is one thing
that is uniformly agreed about children, it is that they like
conformity, they like to be exactly the same as everybody else."
Mail, Feb 12