“O.K. everyone,” said the female instructor to her attentive birthing class, “today, we are going to do an exercise to help you men sympathize with your partners.” And holding up an artificial stomach with an attached strap she adds, “What I have here is what’s called a pregnancy suit. This imitates the feeling of being pregnant.” Holding the pregnancy suit out to the class she asks, “Which of you husbands would like to volunteer to be the first one to try it on?”
“I will,” said one man, taking the suit and trying it on. “Gee, this isn’t too bad,” said the man strutting around the room, “I could easily get used to this.”
“O.K.,” said the instructor, and then she threw her pen on the floor. “Now I would like you to bend down and pick up my pen from the floor.”
“You want me to pick it up?” he asked hesitantly, “just as I would if I was pregnant?”
“Yes!” said the instructor.
“Honey,” said the man turning to his spouse, “do you mind picking up that pen for me?”