A man who used to be a woman has become Britain’s first “male mother” by giving birth to a son.
The definition of him as a man is subject to a possible correction.
Although he has legally changed his gender to male, the man in question was able to give birth last year because his womb was not removed during the original sex change procedure.
It is possible for transgender men who were born women, who still have functioning ovaries and a uterus, to become pregnant while still identifying and living as men.
We have a word for those with uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and so on.
What the laws say, what the individual says, all very interesting from a sociological point of view. And I’m certainly perfectly happy with whatever decision anyone wants to come to over such things. No skin off my nose after all.
But it isn’t just pendantry to insist that at some fundamental level this is not a man that has just given birth.