Male Dutch Television Hosts Suffer Through Simulated Birth

If it were up to Kate Middleton, they'd have some simulated hyperemesis gravidarum

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Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, the hosts of the Dutch TV show Guinea Pigs, are no strangers to stomach-churning stunts. They narrowly avoided legal action in 2011 after eating pieces of each other’s flesh on air. But their latest one probably upset their tummies more than those of anyone in the audience.

During their Jan. 14 show, Storm and Zeno shared footage of themselves experiencing simulated labor pains at the hands of some all-too-eager female technicians. In order to understand “the worst pain there is” the only way men can, they strapped some electrodes onto their abdomens to experience contractions.

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What ensued was cringe-worthy for men and delightful glee for women. Though they started out with intermittent giggles and groans, the pair were clutching pillows and each other in misery by the end of the nearly 10-minute ordeal. The hosts didn’t have to experience the final act of birth (we don’t want to know how they would simulate that), but their sheer agony was enough proof that they got the idea.

Still, their “labor” was far shorter than what most women endure, with or without an epidural. In the end, Zeno summed up the challenge as “torture” and wondered aloud if his wife should go through the same pain.

9 comments
bgz123
bgz123

I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree - with the show and with the reactions. This is stupid, insane, and disgusting. OK, so now we know sending electricity through one's body hurts. Did anyone need this to be convinced of that? And was anyone doubting that labor can be extremely painful? This is an excuse to enjoy watching people in pain. The fact that it is voluntary does not make it good TV. Does the word "sadomasochism" ring a bell?

CC88
CC88

@bgz123This is in response to you saying "was anyone doubting that labor is extremely painful." Men doubt the pain women experience through labor, all of the time. I cannot even tell you how many times I've heard a man say comments to minimalize the pain women experience. I have also read online (google if you wish) and seen many tweets saying the same thing. Here is the statement exactly that I have seen circulated on twitter, forums,and in general online. Claiming its 'scientific fact' when it is absolute GARBAGE, here is the statement: "A human body can take of to 45 DEL (Unit of Pain) before it starts to become unbearable. The pain a woman feels giving birth is around 57 DEL of pain, the equivalent feeling of fracturing 20 bones at once. A hard kick to the nuts measures over 9000 DEL's, the equivalent pain of giving birth to 160 babies and breaking 3,200 bones at once. Girls, when you're giving birth, remember that being kicked in the nuts is over 157 times as painful. Scientific Fact." This is total lies.   I think this was an amazing test for these men to do, and yes as ymia has said, the device is to prepare women for childbirth.

ymia
ymia

@bgz123  the device is actually used on woman to prepare them for the pain before considering a Baby

EpidiMagica
EpidiMagica

I was in labor 19 hrs with my first from start to finish and 23 hrs with the second.  No drugs - au natural.  Men are all bravado until they actually have a taste of what this kind of pain is.  Lol.  I told my husband to imagine trying to squeeze out a lemon thru his penis with a 12 day constipation back up & a charlie horse that comes every 30 sec & that's a bit what it might feel like for him during hard labor.  He has sheepishly admitted men are wusses & couldn't handle this kind of pain - not the way we do & for the duration.

girlonamission
girlonamission

@EpidiMagica What tosh. I'm a woman and I'd have no interest whatsoever in putting myself through that kind of torture. Claiming that women can 'handle it' better than men can does a disservice to the entire female race and puts attitudes towards appropriate pain relief back into the dark ages. Instead of bragging about your smug labour (which I personally would see more as a failure to obtain proper medical care) why not admit that it's horrific that we should still be expected to go through this and for it to be considered normal? It is not a 'stremgth' that some women put up with the pain, it's a weakness and failure to stand up to years of men telling us it's our problem and to get on with it.

Marije
Marije

@girlonamission @EpidiMagica Excuse me? A failure to obtain proper medical care? Women are allowed to choose if they want pain killers during labor. If she doesn't want one, she doesn't have to. Doctors here are usually hesistant about epidurals. 

Also, my opinion is that American women are very spoiled.

'Murica!

Crystal
Crystal like.author.displayName 1 Like

I think this is great! Finally a way for men to understand alittle of what women go through in labor. Although it wasn't as long as most labor they did seem to be in extreme pain for awhile. That's good enough for me. The wonders of technology. YEA!

Marije
Marije like.author.displayName 1 Like

Instead of ten minutes of contractions, they simulated two hours of labor pains. Valerio quit after an hour and Dennis made it through the two-hour ordeal.