When I tell other authors that I write Mpreg, I often get blank looks. Then, after I explain what that means, I usually get giggles. And lots and lots of questions. But the biggest question I get is: why? Why write stories about pregnant men?
I’ve been thinking about that quite a bit lately. I mean, we all know why we love to read Mpreg—the loving relationships between two men, the sweetness and joy of adding a baby to a family…
But why are stories like this important?
The American philosopher Richard Rorty believed that the greatest value of literature was its ability to help readers develop empathy for other people—that people could develop compassion for others through learning to have compassion for characters.
That literary ability to teach compassion is, I think, why Mpreg stories matter. We live in a culture that often does not value masculine gentleness or the role of men in families. But by creating stories that are about male couples creating families—loving men who are passionate and kind and caring to one another and to their children—I am, I believe, helping normalize all-male families, gay parenthood, and masculine love.
And that, I think, is one of the most important things I can contribute to the world as an author: more compassion. More love. And always, more pregnant men.
Coyote Starr is the pseudonym of a New York Times bestselling author whose love of M/M stories couldn’t be contained by just one pen-name.