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Heather
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What are ways you think men and women might think or feel differently about pregnancy and reproduction, and why?

Obviously, the simplest difference is that it's women who can become pregnant, while men cannot.

But what about differences like the fact that for conception to happen (when it's not via IVF or other means), men will usually experience sexual pleasure and orgasm (and thus, ejaculation), while orgasm or sexual pleasure has zip to do with the female side of reproduction? What other differences can you think of?

And how do you think men and women can best bridge these kinds of divides?

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Idir
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quote:
Obviously, the simplest difference is that it's women who can become pregnant, while men cannot.
... I'm not sure if this is related, but many men also want to be able to decide about abortions, saying that they should be able to decide about the abortion and that abortion shouldn't be legal without the consent of the impregnator.
I think that's total bollocks, I mean, especially using arguments like that they're the father too.
It's not like the man is gonna carry that foetus for 9 months, and hey, it's not a life, so you ain't no dad yet [Roll Eyes]

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CJT
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Well, Heather, don't be so quick to say that men can't get pregnant! [Wink] We know that not an insignificant number of transmen will cease hormone treatments (or never have been on them to start with) and get pregnant every year. The recent case with Thomas Beattie has been making the news and has served to highlight a lot of ignorance around transgender issues...

...and has also called into question how we define "man" and how we define "woman". Lots of folks have been saying that we can't call Thomas Beattie a man because he's pregnant, and men can't do that. So does reproductive capability define someone as a woman (or, at least, as "not a man"? Does that mean that those who have not yet ovulated for the first time are not women, or those who have had hysterectomies are not women, or those who have passed menopause are not women? What does it take then to be a man? Is it a penis? Is it sperm? It's pretty interesting!

But also maybe a tiny bit off topic from your actual question [Smile]

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Heather
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I should have perhaps qualified what I said by mentioning that I was talking about men sexed so at birth and those with male privilege, and also am talking about women who have the capacity to become pregnant. [Smile]

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