Raythe says …
The poll of forbidden desires had Mpreg (male pregnancy for those of you not in the know) as the top choice of forbidden desires in fiction.
What is it about seeing a man pregnant that is transgressive? Let me count the ways …
From my understanding, most readers who love Mpreg aren’t searching out books around female pregnancy (please let me know if I’m wrong here.) It seems that MALES having babies holds the main attraction.
This interest in Mpreg could be based on the fact that it makes men more responsible for “women’s stuff” – tenderness, nurturing, making it part of the biological process. How many times have you heard (or even thought) that because women carry the children in their bodies, this is the main reason why they are more responsive to their children?
Now men, too, can know this, and we can see them accepting it. After all, some say, other than with a DNA test, men have no idea whether their children are their children… while there is no question that its the woman’s child.
Also, Mpreg puts men in the (unenviable) position of having their bodies be in the “public domain”. In many countries, a woman’s body is legislated from whether she’s allowed birth control (and what kind) to the availability of abortion, etc.
To put men in a position where they now, too, have to answer to society like women currently do evens the playing field. And maybe there is something titillating in the thought of someone’s body being “controlled” and “regulated” like that in fiction.
Why do you think Mpreg is sexy?
There are many reasons why Mpreg is transgressive. Now, it’s your turn to tell us why you find Mpreg sexy.
Just as a friendly reminder, this is a safe space, which means that comments are moderated and we don’t tolerate judgment of other people’s kinks. So if you want to write about how this is gross and we’re all sinners, go elsewhere …