David Quinn: Mums and dads are optional extras in the evolution of families
YOU may remember a couple of years back being greeted by headlines about the world's first ever pregnant "man". Newspapers showed a picture of a Thomas Beattie, complete with stubble and manly chest, sporting a baby bump.
But of course, Beattie wasn't the world's first pregnant man. Beattie was a transsexual woman who had the appearance of a man from the waist up but was still a woman internally. That's how Beattie became pregnant. The womb was never removed.
The corruption of language and the deliberate distorting of reality involved in the reporting of this story by media all over the world was quite something, however.