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For all our complaining that trans-trenders do not seem to comprehend basic biology, this issue shows that we need to bone up on it ourselves.

Male seahorses do not get pregnant.

  1. The female seahorses lay the eggs.

  2. The male seahorse has a POUCH. Ask any biologist who focuses on mammals why that's an important distinction.

(Hint: Placental mammals vs. marsupials!)

For pregnancy you need two things: the fetus actually inside the parent's (mother's) body, and the fetus actually ATTACHED TO the inside of the parent's (mother's) body and exchanging nutrients and waste.

Take a human female and shove a random strange fetus into her uterus: not only will that hurt a hell of a lot, but it doesn't cause a pregnancy.

So next time you run across a TRA making this stupid argument, remember what you read here.

For all our complaining that trans-trenders do not seem to comprehend basic biology, this issue shows that we need to bone up on it ourselves. Male seahorses do not get pregnant. 1. The female seahorses lay the eggs. 2. The male seahorse has a POUCH. Ask any biologist who focuses on mammals why that's an important distinction. (Hint: Placental mammals vs. marsupials!) For pregnancy you need two things: the fetus actually inside the parent's (mother's) body, and the fetus actually ATTACHED TO the inside of the parent's (mother's) body and exchanging nutrients and waste. Take a human female and shove a random strange fetus into her uterus: not only will that hurt a hell of a lot, but it doesn't cause a pregnancy. So next time you run across a TRA making this stupid argument, remember what you read here.

22 comments

[–] Lysiena 33 points (+33|-0)

Next you'll tell me that a human male donning a wig and putting implants in his chest is in no way comparable to clownfish being hermaphrodites! Away with your knowledge and explanations! I'm already half clownfish (just missing the fish part) and I won't listen to this blasphemy!

On a more serious note, I can't believe they're seriously making that argument. Seahorses. Freaking seahorses!

[–] basetenprefix 16 points (+16|-0)

I'm already half clownfish (just missing the fish part)

LOL I laughed so hard at this. Thank you.

[–] WatcherattheGates 26 points (+26|-0)

It should be noted that marsupials have uteri; the baby marsupial is born from the uterus and birth canal and then climbs up the outside of the mother's body into the pouch, which is where the teat is found.,,

[–] PeakyLen 11 points (+11|-0)

I had to look it up, apparently the joey is between the size of a grain of rice or a bee when born. Marsupials have it right! I would swap fuzzy pouch on my tummy for squeezing out oversized watermelons any day.

[–] NO 2 points (+3|-1)

It would be so much easier to get rid of unwanted pregnancies to.. but then there would be then awkward “whose grain of riceby is this in the breakro floor?”

Agreed! And don't even need a sling to hold the baby--the pouch is part of you!

[–] PeakyLen 5 points (+5|-0)

And just think, if you've not got a baby growing in there, you could use it for so many other things..... Your keys, phone, shopping, sneaky bar of chocolate. I'm seeing literally no down side to this.

[–] [Deleted] 15 points (+15|-0)

Lol is this in response to the tweet on translogic about the seashores?? I'll def remember this, that seahorse thing has been metaphorically beaten to death by these TRAs.

[–] ouvalemonde madfem 10 points (+10|-0)

That should be a new GC metaphor: beating the seahorse to death.

[–] questioningtw 7 points (+7|-0)

There was even a documentry called seahorse about a pregnant "man"

[–] ThisReality 0 points (+1|-1)

I remember learning this on r/GC, maybe from you? Blew my mind because I learned the "male seahorses get pregnant and give birth" fiction years ago and never knew it was wrong.

I was also fascinated to find out that seahorses function kind of like marsupials in this sense, except it's seahorse dad who has the pouch and has to tote the kids around while they finish growing. (I know that's a drastic simplification)

[–] Julie92845 -1 points (+0|-1)

Male seahorses do exchange nutrients and waste with their embryos and the fertilized eggs imbed into the pouch wall. Sounds like a pregnancy to me.

[–] Julie92845 -1 points (+0|-1) Edited

Where did you get this info on sea horses? It doesn’t appear to be correct.

Seahorses do exchange nutrients and waste between the embryos and the father. The fertilized eggs imbed within the father’s pouch wall too. Sounds like a pregnancy to me.

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26609/20200725/pregnant-male-seahorse-more-same-human-pregnancy-previously-thought.htm

Of course, either way that doesn’t prove trans women are women or whatever. That’s dumb.