First pregnancy is a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is especially unnerving. As a masculine woman in a world where pregnancy and femininity go together like Barbie and pink, Teek wonders, “Can butches even get pregnant?” Well, yeah, they can.Soon Teek and her no-nonsense femme girlfriend Vee are navigating the shoals of a very non-traditional pregnancy, from their DIY home insemination to important fashion questions such as, Do suspenders count as legitimate maternity wear? As the pregnancy progresses, tensions mount between Teek and Vee, as Teek approaches pregnancy as a “test” of her fitness to be a parent, while Vee views it as merely the way to make a baby. But clashes between them pale beside those within Teek herself, as ultra-feminine societal expectations combine with Teek’s own bodily transformation to threaten the foundations of her identity. Along the way, Teek “comes out” as pregnant to her barber, asks, “What’s so artificial about artificial insemination?”, interrogates butchness in the age of the trans-man, and survives a birth education class modeled on clown school.
Written and illustrated by A.K. Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, PREGNANT BUTCH is a funny, insightful, and intensely personal look at the indignities of pregnancy and discomforts of gender. Part adventure story, part riotous critique, this thoughtfully rendered, occasionally surreal, resolutely heterodox tale turns the traditional “what to expect when you’re expecting” narrative on its head.