New York, New York - In keeping with current events and taken from today's headlines, a publisher of children's classics is determined to bring topical issues to its young captive readership, libraries and classrooms across the nation. In so doing, they have reintroduced a children's classic: "The Emperor's New Clothes" with the first Pregnant Man, Thomas Beatie, as the emperor.
"We just had to publish it," said Lucy McBeth, an executive officer. "It's our job to tell the truth to children when we can."
In the original children's classic, the Emperor falls victim to a couple of traveling tailors (conmen) that fool the Emperor by appealing to his pride and selling him clothing that is so refined that only the most aristocratic people are able to see it, when in fact, they have sold him nothing but the thin invisible air.
The Emperor unable to admit the truth even to himself marches out into the public wearing only his underwear but thinking in his own mind that he is wearing the finest garment ever made. As the poor peasants look on in utter amazement as they witness their Emperor foolishly march in his underwear, speaking truth to power in their open laughter.
In the new politically incorrect version of "The Emperor's New Clothes," the first Pregnant Man, Thomas Beatie, is the Emperor and the traveling tailors (conmen), the mainstream media.
Like in the original, the traveling tailors (conmen), or now the mainstream media, fool the Emperor, or now the first Pregnant Man, Thomas Beatie, by encouraging her to believe that she is the first Pregnant Man, despite the presence of a womb.
As Thomas Beatie (the New Emperor) walks out into the public, the mainstream media triumphantly proclaims her the first Pregnant Man, contrary to the scientific evidence that says otherwise.
As in the original, the poor peasants look on in utter amazement as they witness Thomas Beatie foolishly march onto the Oprah Show studio stage proudly proclaiming she is the first Pregnant Man.
Only in the end, unlike the original, the poor peasants that attempt to speak truth to power in their open laughter are instead silenced with false accusations of being intolerant, even homophobic. Then they are burned at the stake alive for speaking heresy and for practicing that old pagan religion known as The Age of Enlightenment.
"It's not a very happy ending," said McBeth. "But it's one we want our children to learn while they're young and blissfully ignorant of the truth. The world will be so much easier to deal with when they grow up. After all who needs a world filled with independent minded adults anyways?"
Advanced copies of the new politically correct version of the "The Emperor's New Clothes" have all sold out. Sales are expected to break all records.