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The pregnant man emoji: A violence done to humanity

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Tugdual Derville - published on 02/11/22

Believing in a pregnant man is as absurd as it is to claim that the earth is flat.

“Ah, if I were a woman …” It’s astonishing that an almost monopolistic global multinational (Apple) would dare to impose on us, as a counterpart to the emoji of a pregnant woman, that of a man holding a baby in his belly. Believing in a pregnant man is as absurd as it is to claim that the earth is flat. The realm of maternity is the feminine space par excellence.

Pregnancy, which is an intimate experience—some would say a sacred one, because it touches life itself—belongs only to women. No male has ever known by experience what it is to carry another human being in his womb. Let us insist: whether or not it is an “exorbitant privilege” (Françoise Héritier), the fact of giving birth belongs only to them. What we all know—men and women—is that we were in our mother’s womb for a long time. This vital fact—a source of wonder—should warn us against any manipulation of this reality.

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