The Netflix series Sex, Explained, produced by Vox and Netflix, is probably one of the best documentary series available right now. I had previously written about one of its episodes, "Fertility," urging all men to watch it, especially those who want to be dads.
There is another awe-inspiring episode in Sex, Explained entitled "Childbirth." I guarantee you that you will have a newfound respect for the female sex, and you will never look at the female body the same way again.
Anyone who's ever had a root canal can agree with me that it is one of the most painful things a human being can endure. But make sure you don't say that out loud to a mother. I know for certain that there is nothing more painful than birthing a child. And this episode will show what that pain is like when you see and hear the women screaming during labor.
Do you know what makes birthing a human child possible, though? That seemingly superhuman amount of stretching is thanks to the female's cervical tissue – the tissue that comprises a woman's cervix. It can stretch itself to five times its usual length to accommodate an infant passing through during childbirth. It gradually opens up to 10 centimeters! (Click here for a visual on how the cervix opens up for childbirth).
Then, after all that stretching, the cervix reverts back to normal. As the documentary says, "Put simply, the cervix is an anatomical and engineering marvel." That alone should blow a guy's mind. It might even be enough to convince you that God is a woman.
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For us males, the most painful event in our lives would probably be circumcision. But, let's face it, that's like a pinprick compared to birthing a child. I think biting one's tongue is even more painful than the male circumcision. It is nothing at all compared to the pain endured by a woman in childbirth.
My wife has birthed once. My mom has birthed five times. So I salute all mothers, I have nothing but respect for you. I think I might just give my mother a hug after this.