Dude Who Wore Pregnancy Belly: ‘I’m Not Man Enough To Be A Woman’
TODAY.COM - After spending nine weeks wearing a 33-pound "Empathy Belly'' suit to
supposedly simulate being pregnant, a GQ writer has reached a humbling
"I learned that I'm not man enough to be a woman,''
writer Benjamin Percy told Steve Harvey on TODAY Monday. "This suit just
Percy, who details his time in the suit for an article in the March issue of GQ,
wore a contraption on the outside of his clothes that was specially
designed by Japanese scientists. He describes it in the article as
"ribbed with stitching, and made from nylon thick enough to bend a
butcher knife. Its breasts are as round and hard as tennis balls. And
the belly beneath them swells with a giant gel dome zippered into a
He wore two suits for the story, a rudimentary version
loaned from a Japanese company and a state-of-the-art device connected
to a computer that adjusts to replicate the various trimesters of a
pregnancy. The reaction from women was fairly unanimous: Gimme a break.
was expecting to get a nice pat on the back and instead women were
completely fixated on the suit's inadequacies,'' he said. "They wanted
me to have heartburn roiling up my throat, they wanted me to have
varicose veins rising like garden hoses up my legs, (and) they wanted me
to pee every five minutes and to be constipated for a week. They wanted
to jab me full of hormone-oozing needles, essentially. Once they saw me
in the suit, they're like, ‘Nice try, wuss.'''
Tongue firmly in cheek, Percy also claimed hardship for having to wear the suit during the hot summer months.
is in the most arm-pitty time of the year during July and August, so I
started smelling kind of fungal and rashed over,'' he said. "I was
glistening for nine weeks."
With several friends who are
stay-at-home dads and roles shifting in many families -- from the days
when grandfathers never held babies and fathers never changed diapers --
Percy wore the suit as part stunt and part experiment to deepen his
empathy for what women experience during pregnancy. Also, as he put it,
"to make up for my mouth-breathing, hairy-chested, caveman
wore the suit while doing everything from mowing the lawn to chopping
wood to doing push-ups. "I wear the pregnancy suit to a neighborhood
gathering, where the men slug me in the gut and the women tenderly pat
my back and say ‘Bless your heart' and my 6-year-old son pulls me aside
and tells me I really ought to take the thing off, I'm embarrassing
him,'' Percy writes in the article. "Of course I expect the attention -
the funny expressions, the eager hands, the endless questions - but that
doesn't mean I like it. I am reminded of the strangers who would
approach my wife, once she started to really show in her second
trimester, and put their hands on her stomach without asking. She always
smiled at them through gritted teeth, because she knew what I know now:
When you're pregnant, you become public property.'''
experiencing a fraction of what it's like to be pregnant and realizing
he is not man enough for the task, Percy also realized one other thing.
"I'm never putting on this suit again,'' he said.
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