I think women have long wondered what it would be like if the roles were reversed. If you are a woman you have definitely had to deal with your fair share of must be that time of the month! comments. Haven’t you? I know I have. Maybe it’s because I am bitchier than most – but whatever. Whenever I hear a comment like that, I think I wonder how well you would do with the feeling of someone stabbing you repeatedly in the abdomen for hours on end? Then I cry and eat a piece of chocolate. It’s hard out here for a woman.
Well, we finally have evidence that men would, in fact, cry like babies if they had to experience the pain of childbirth. From the Daily Mail:
Dutch presenting duo Dennis Storm and Valerio Zena were hooked up to electrodes that replicated the contractions women are forced to undergo – but the men only lasted two hours before they begged for the electrodes to be taken off.
Although they make a brave attempt to laugh and joke their way through the experience, the misery on their faces gives the game away.
So bad is the pain, Zena is left questioning whether he even wants children as his wife would be forced to go through an experience he describes as ‘torture’.
Clearly, there are things one could experience that would be worse than the pain of childbirth. I’m sure that guy from the movie 127 Hours that had to amputate his own right arm to extricate himself from a slot in a canyon he fell into felt worse than most women in labor. The point is, it is a pretty intense experience that can be minimized by those who haven’t experienced it. It’s kind of refreshing to see evidence that it’s not all in our heads.
Kudos to these men for having the guts to see if they could withstand the pain. And I hate to admit it, but the photos of the men during “childbirth” are kind of hilarious.