“A WOMB OF THEIR OWN”
“Separating Gender from Genitalia”
Today’s gender politics include people living beyond the male/female binary. In Cyn Lubow’s documentary film “A Womb of Their Own” we meet a diverse group of masculine pregnant people who have something about gender to share with us. The people Lubow introduces us to six “masculine-identified people” who tell the stories of their pregnancies and other issues they have faced navigated.
Rae Goodman is a high school biology teacher, whose students understand that both men and women can have beards and be pregnant. Kerrick, a museum science educator and Rae’s husband, identifies as a trans man who is attracted to people rather than gender.
Lorenzo Ramirez identifies as a straight man who dates women. He can’t afford top surgery to remove his breasts so he wears a skintight body suit, which for him is very uncomfortable, impractical and ultimately depressing. Imelio Ramirez, Lorenzo’s 14-year-old son, tells his dad how to use a public urinal and survive the experience.
Morgan Weinert uses the pronoun “they” after having used masculine pronouns and testosterone in the past. They are attracted to a variety of people that identify as male and trans. In their mind they are a “fabulous gay man.” Weinert has a trans male partner.
Darcy Allder is a social work student who is negotiating his school/work life while pregnant. He had top surgery nine years ago and is uncomfortable socially while taking testosterone. He has found that passing as a white male brought inherent misogyny. He has stopped taking the hormone and now sees himself as living in a gender middle space.
AK Summers identifies as “faggy butch,” and thought of pregnancy as an awful experience. Summers chronicled her experience through a graphic memoir, “Pregnant Butch”.
In “A Womb of Their Own” we share the intimate details and reflections of those who are outside the gender binary and see the societal challenges they face. The film’s goal is “to help relieve pain for people who feel misunderstood, confused or shamed just because their gender doesn’t fit someone else’s rules.” The film challenges many common assumptions about gender so people who don’t fit the assumptions can be more visible, understood, and accepted.
The people in this documentary come from all walks of life and “display a variety of preferences in terms of how they identify, how they see themselves and how they choose to present themselves along the gender spectrum. But what they all have in common is their desire to give birth to a child and to raise it.”