Saturday, February 11, 2006

Asshat remarks from within

We've all heard them. Relax and you'll get pregnant, just adopt, once you adopt you'll get pregnant. Usually they are said by well meaning friends, family & acquaintances of the infertile. On a rare occasion, it will come from the mouth of an infertile or the spouse of an infertile (sometimes they are one and the same). Last night Marc and I were channel surfing. True Lies was on. It was toward the end and we were watching it, well, because Faith plays the daughter and this is before she was uber hot in Buffy. Watching the show got us talking about Jamie Lee Curtis. Marc mentions she's a heraphrodite. I tell him that I think it's an urban legend. That's when it happened.... He said "that's why she adopted, she can't have kids cause she's got girl & boy parts". Oh the fun I had with that! Yep, told him it must be true because that's why I couldn't have kids too. Yes, he knew it was an asshat remark but let me just say I had a blast busting on him for it.

6 comments:

  1. She's not a hermaphrodite. She has Testicular Feminization Syndrome. Her chromosomes are XY but her body does not respond to androgens at all because of a receptor issue. Yet she does have mullerian inhibitory factor which prevents the development of a uterus. As such, being a genetic male, pregnancy was not an option for her.

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  2. A friend of mine who is a doctor told me the exact same thing - that they had actually talked specifically about Jamie Lee Curtis when they learned about it in med school.

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  3. Mr. DD still asks couples who have no kids, "so when you guys going to have a baby?"

    I just think sometimes our guys have no idea what the heck words are for!

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  4. JLC... a hermaphrodite?? That's a rumour?? Never heard that one... but boy... it would sure make a lot of sense...

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  5. One of my good friends learned about that in medical school as well. However, there is apparently no proof that Curtis is actually intersex.

    http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/jamie.htm

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  6. Jessica12:52 AM

    Yep, what teendoc said. She has testicular feminization, by all reports. Genetically male, female appearance, but no uterus.

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