Calvin Klein Salutes Mothers, Including a Pregnant Man Who Isn't a Woman

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

In case you missed it, Calvin Klein released a titillating ad this month.

The promotion appeared on Instagram, and it reveled in reproduction. Its choice of salute: a series of photos. Arguably the most interesting: those including a pregnant man.

The campaign was kicked off on Mother’s Day. A caption above the collection read thusly:

Today, in support of women and mothers all over the world, we’re spotlighting the realities of new families.

Featured first was breastfeeding mom Kylie, “a South African painter and mother to (infant) Wild.”

Then on to something more progressive, to the tune of toplessness, transgenderism, and trimesters:

Roberto (Bete) is due to give birth to his and Erika (Fernandes)’s son Noah any day now.

You can see the Instagram post here; find a single photo on Twitter via this link.

According to MSN, pregnant Roberto’s partner is a biological male who identifies as a woman.

How did the couple — “Brazilian reality stars” per Microsoft News — end up expecting? Their method of making it happen isn’t made clear.

But so far as Calvin Klein’s concerned, tomato, to-mah-toe:

We can reproduce biologically or from the heart…our place is to love and be loved.

Of course, Roberto isn’t the world’s first bun-oven’d boy:

Pregnancy has grown unprecedentedly complex:

To Be Inclusive of Non-Binary Parents, Hospitals Nix the Terms ‘Breast Milk’ and ‘Father’

Breastfeeding Academy Bails on ‘Breasts’

Hospitals Are Starting to Ask Men if They’re Pregnant

University Teaches Midwifery Students How to Handle the Birthing Penis

It’s part of a broader change:

University Renames Its Women’s Clinic Because ‘Women’ Was Medically Inaccurate

 

Not everyone on Instagram agreed with Calvin Klein’s nod to modern maternity.

In response, the brand released a statement:

We embrace this platform as an inclusive and respectful environment for individualism and self-expression. At Calvin Klein, we tolerate everything except intolerance — any intolerant commentary will be removed, and any accounts issuing hateful statements may be blocked. We look forward to continuing a positive and inclusive dialogue in partnership with our community.

Of course, if they define “intolerance” as disagreement, then they themselves are intolerant in disagreeing with the disagreement they define as intolerant. Or perhaps I’ve got that confused.

Either way, culturally, we’ve come quite a ways. If you doubt the distance traveled, consider this clip from Monty Python’s Life of Brian:

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% by film critics, 93% by the audience.

Back to Calvin, a question comes to mind: Presumably, the company’s contention is that Roberto is a man; but aren’t they calling him a “mother”? A misgendering may be among us.

Given the many ways sex and gender are being juggled, there’s a great deal of ironing out to be done. Surely in time, we’ll get it sufficiently sorted.

We’re gonna have to.

-ALEX

 

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