POV: Vice Versa12:18 AM
Welcome to POV Session; POV stands for Points Of View. It is a portion where in, I openly giving out all my opinions about issues or anything under the sun. This is actually my first POV Session and I'm welcoming you all to participate in this discussion by telling your own POV as well.
Every week, I will open a discussion that trends around the globe. I'll give a topic and set the whole parameter. By this, I can easily interact to all my readers who keep supporting my blog. I guess this is a witty idea for everyone. So, lets start the ball rolling.
The first POV Session topic is about LGBT or the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
POV #1: Transgender for Miss Universe
|Jenna Talackova (right) is pictured during a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred|
Jenna Talackova of Canada was born male but later underwent a sex change operation and, as such, is recognized as legally female in Canada. The data in her birth certificate and other documents have been amended to indicate she's a female. Ms Talackova's family, who live in east Vancouver and the Northern British Columbia, have supported her throughout her transition. Ms Talackova's case was taken on by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred who is famous for representing clients including a string of Tiger Woods' ex-lovers and Nicole Brown Simpson's family during the O.J. Simpsopn trial. In a YouTube video interview, Ms Talackova said she knew she was a female at the age of four and began hormone therapy ten years later.
'I regard myself as a woman with a history,' Ms Talackova says, winking to the camera.
Tuesday, April 10, GMA News Online reported that Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced that they had decided to reinstate Canadian candidate Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman, in the competition. The report noted: "The organization also said that they are going to revamp the pageant rules to accommodate transgender women in the contest beginning 2013."
Donald Trump's note:
Donald Trump says his organization will allow a transgender woman who was born a male to compete for Canada's spot in the Miss Universe pageant.
“I think Jenna should focus on running up in Canada and seeing how she does in Canada and then, if she does well, she has a chance to become what many, many young women all over the world want to be and that’s Miss Universe,” Trump, whose company owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, said on “Good Morning America.” “That should be her focus.”
Bottomline: Jenna Talackova is still in the game/contest and Trump said he wishes Talackova the best of luck in her quest for the crown, as he does all contestants.
Note: The only requirement stated on the Miss Universe Canada website is that to enter, women must be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. The application form makes no mention of rules regarding sexual reassignment surgery.
What's your POV?
POV #2: Man Can Get Pregnant!
Oprah Winfrey introduced the so-called "first pregnant man" to viewers of her April 3rd show this past week. Thomas Beatie appeared, six months pregnant, with his wife Nancy and his obstetrician, Dr. Kimberly James (by satellite hookup). But many viewers thought the whole thing was blown out of proportion because Thomas was born with a perfectly normal uterus. They made all the viewers STUPID.
Is it really possible today? The answer, as I abstract from my 1997 book, Remaking Eden, is "almost certainly yes, but . . ."
With the birth of Louise Joy Brown in 1978, Steptoe and Edwards demonstrated the feasibility of fertilizing human eggs in a petri dish and placing embryos back into women where they can gestate to term. To date, several million children have been conceived through in vitro fertilization and born from women.
From the outset, scientists have mused aloud about the possibility of maintaining a pregnancy within the abdomen of a man. Tabloids routinely publish stories of success and in the popular 1995 film Junior, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a scientist who uses hormones and in vitro fertilization to make himself pregnant and ultimately "give birth." Movies and novels that mix real science with science fiction often lead to confusion in the public mind as to what is medically possible and what is not. Usually, scientists and physicians can be counted on to sort it all out.
With male pregnancy, though, something funny happens: Some say it is possible while others say it isn’t. To understand how different professionals can reach such opposite conclusions, we must delve into the thought processes of ‘the scientist’ and ‘the clinician,’ respectively.
The first question is whether a human fetus could develop to term in an environment other than a uterus. Surprisingly, we already know the answer, and it's yes. Every once in a while – in one pregnancy out of 10,000 – the fertilized egg doesn’t make it to the uterus, and ends up instead in the wide open space of the abdomen, also known as the peritoneal cavity. This happens because the ovary is not actually attached to the fallopian tube (or oviduct), as is commonly thought. Instead, after ovulation, the egg must make its way into the nearby opening at the end of the tube in order to begin its journey toward the uterus. Occasionally, when conception occurs very close to the opening in certain women, the newly fertilized egg may actually fall back out of the tube and into the abdomen.
Now you might think that once an egg has fallen into the abdomen, its chances of survival are nil. Surprisingly, at the appropriate time of development, an embryo can implant itself into almost any living tissue that it happens to alight upon. And the abdomen is filled with all sorts of tissues – from the intestines to the kidney, to the liver and the spleen. With successful implantation and sufficient placental formation, the embryo can develop normally into a fetus that can be carried through a full nine months of pregnancy. At the end, of course, it has nowhere to go unless it’s delivered by a modified Cesarian Section. The medical literature is filled with sporadic reports of healthy live-born babies that were carried by mothers pregnant in this unusual way.
If a woman’s abdomen can act as womb, a man’s abdomen could do just as well. “Clearly,” the scientist would conclude, “I’ve now proven that human male pregnancy is possible, and it’s possible today!”
“Wait just a minute,” the clinician would implore, “let’s look at all of the reported cases of abdominal pregnancy again, this time with a greater eye to the clinical details. And let’s start out with some of the general statements made by the reporting physicians”:
“Abdominal pregnancy is a rare but life-threatening condition.”
“Morbidity and mortality for both the fetus and the mother are considerable... Once the diagnosis is established, immediate surgical intervention is usually advisable.”
“Care of the patient afflicted with it may present formidable challenges.”
Abdominal pregnancy is considered a “life-threatening condition” because of the placental connection that the embryo must set up between itself and the body within which it lies.
In a normal pregnancy, it is set up with the specialized internal lining of the uterus known as the endometrium. Endometrial cells are recruited along with embryonic cells to form the placenta, but at the time of birth, the entire placenta detaches itself easily from the intact uterine wall to follow the baby through the birth canal. The ability to create a detachable endometrial lining that can be incorporated into the growing placenta is a unique property of the uterus.
Unfortuntately, when an embryo implants into an abdominal tissue, detachment is not so simple. The problem is that the development of the placenta can cause complete intermixing between embryonic and host tissues so that there is no clean boundary between the two. The more extensive the intermixing is, the more problematic it becomes to remove placental tissue. The physician has to cut between the wholely placental tissue, and the intermingled placental-‘maternal’ tissue. Large blood vessels must be severed, and as a consequence, difficult-to-control internal bleeding can take place.
Problems are not just confined to the stage at which a pregnancy is terminated. Long before the final event, a placenta can cause severe damage to an organ that it’s invaded with the possibility of spontaneous hemorrhaging that can quickly result in death.
So is male pregnancy possible? Probably yes.
Is male pregnancy safe? No, not at the present time. But at some point in the future, it’s likely that reproductive biologists will figure out how to direct the growth of the placenta away from vulnerable abdominal organs and onto an easily detachable, but blood-rich, surface for growth. And then, pregnancy will be possible for men who are 100% men, although it's certainly not something that I would want to do.
See Lee Silver article here: Can A Man Really Get Pregnant? Sure, But It Might Kill Him
My POV: That guy you saw on the Discovery Channel and on Oprah was still a women, she still had all the women parts she just looks and acts like a guy and it makes me so mad that it, and yes I am going to call it a it gets all this attention because its still a women, and I don't understand if someone wants to be a man then why have a baby? That's a women's job. You are what you are. There is no one who has been born a guy who could have a baby. No ovaries. No baby. Yeah, maybe in time soon as technology evolves. The issue here is not about gays but about men who wants to give birth and experience a women like moment.
What's your POV?
Looking forward for your participation and excited hearing/reading all your reactions. Thank you.