Mr. Mom (Age: 34)
Forget the freakish photos, the media circus, and even the dude-with-pillow-under-his-shirt send-up on SNL. Thomas Beatie, legally speaking the world's first pregnant man, forced us to glimpse what male motherhood is like—and it's both beautiful and terrifying. Regardless of how history views the transgender man, a onetime Miss Hawaii Teen USA finalist, he sure left the Y-chromosome crew with lasting questions: Would you if you could? Do the joys of childbearing outweigh the drawbacks? Will they give me an epidural? So while the tabloids and Oprah ate up Beatie's personal journey, and crazed Bible-beaters hurled epithets at him, his uterus-less wife, and his baby, Susan, male-kind was quick to rejoice at the possibilities: single fatherhood, feeling baby's first kick, the moment of truth with the home-pregnancy test. And just as quickly shuddered in fear—of morning sickness, maternity clothes, the pain of childbirth, and the fragility of Roe v. Wade. Yes, through surgery, hormones, and a sperm donor, Beatie gave us a taste of what evolution and biology never saw fit to. Now pass the saltines, please—we're feeling queasy.