No man has ever known what every mother has ever been through.
Think about that. One of the most common and incredible acts of nature is also one of the most divisive. For as much as men may attempt to empathize and sympathize with a woman in the throes of labor, the most they can ever really do is offer a hand to squeeze and maybe some ice chips.
Child birthing is a heavily-slanted one-sided affair in which the hero is always a heroine.
That said, modern technology, with all of its fancy bells and whistles ought to be able to allow men at least a taste of what it’s like to be a woman in labor, no?
Well, the answer might be right around the corner.
Allow me to present to you Exhibit A: Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno are the two hosts of a popular Dutch TV show called Guinea Pigs, which as you might derive from the title, is a program where these two fellows get to test out and experience first hand for themselves some things that they probably wouldn’t get to if they were a banker or cop or a garbage man.
And recently, as pointed out in an article at TIME.com, the duo decided to feel for themselves just how painful and uncomfortable and strange labor is for a birthing mother. And with the help of some specialists and some electrodes strapped to their bodies, they got about as close as any guy can get.
The video is in Dutch, but please don’t let that deter you if you don’t speak it; it is fabulously cringe-worthy to see these two young men “delivering a baby.”
As TIME puts it,”… the pair were clutching pillows and each other in misery by the end of the nearly 10-minute ordeal. The hosts didn’t have to experience the final act of birth (we don’t want to know how they would simulate that), but their sheer agony was enough proof that they got the idea.”
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