Hello everyone! Today I have a question for the ladies. Although I realise it could be turned on its head and directed at the boys. A kind of penis envy for my womb envy type thing.
Anyway, I was curious if you had ever considered the possibility that men are envious of women’s ability to give life? And how miraculous that is?
I remember feeling envious of my wife when she was pregnant. I thought it was incredible. Part of me felt sad I’d never be able to experience that. But then I watched her endure 3 days of labour and thought, “I’ll stick with my penis thanks.”
Jokes aside, here’s my more serious question: Would you give up your ability to give life for a level playing field in the workplace? If so, why? If not, why not?
Of course we can argue that you shouldn’t have to, but the hard reality is womenkind will always be at a disadvantage in the workplace so long as this biological difference exists. And I ask this question because technology might change that, where we use artificial wombs to gestate babies instead. (Something known as Ectogenesis.)
This should be a good thing used to help premature babies survive, and it could well prove to be a great equaliser in the workplace, however, if men in power decide that women can’t be trusted to gestate their own children… the thought sends shivers down my spine. It’s also worth noting that for women in some of the most misogynistic societies, it is their very ability to harbour life that offers them protection.
At any rate, I sincerely believe we all need to think hard about the implications and implementations of such technologies in the future. Of course they’re coming whether we want them to or not, which is why I thought it might be a conversation worth having.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
PS: Happy Mother’s Day for this Sunday! All mums are heroines in my eyes. 🙏
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