Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood by Kelly Oliver

By Kelly Oliver

Not is being pregnant a repulsive or shameful situation in Hollywood motion pictures, yet an enticing characteristic, frequently improving the romantic or comedic storyline of a feminine personality. Kelly Oliver investigates this curious shift and its mirrored image of adjusting attitudes towards women's roles in copy and the relations. no longer all representations represent growth. Oliver reveals that during many being pregnant motion pictures, our anxieties over glossy reproductive practices and applied sciences are made occur, and on occasion perpetuate conventions curbing women's freedom. examining such motion pictures as the place the guts Is (2000), driving in vehicles with Boys (2001), Palindromes (2004), stored! (2004), Quinceañera (2006), kids of guys (2006), Knocked Up (2007), Juno (2007), child Mama (2008), Away We pass (2009), invaluable (2009), The Back-up Plan (2010), Due Date (2010), and Twilight: Breaking sunrise (2011), Oliver investigates being pregnant as a motor vehicle for love, a political factor of "choice," a illustration of the webhosting of "others," a prism for fears of miscegenation, and a reveal for contemporary technological anxieties.

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Or we can imagine transplanting the fetus from its maternal container into another container, say a bodybuilder-turned-actor’s abdomen. The late 1980s and 1990s also saw an increase in attention to pregnancy as an acceptable theme for film, particularly comedies where A CA D E M I C F E M I N I S M V S . H O LLY WO O D F E M I N I S M reluctant men mature into proper fathers during the course of the movie. This domestication of men into paternal figures comes at the expense of the pregnant woman, who is used primarily as a backdrop against which the men “find” themselves and learn the true meaning of love and family.

Yet, as Angela Davis so poignantly argued more than twenty years ago, these new A CA D E M I C F E M I N I S M V S . H O LLY WO O D F E M I N I S M technologies also create new myths and ideals of maternity that oblige women to seek expensive, dangerous, and invasive medical interventions in order to fulfill their “biological destiny” and thereby their own desires by having a baby (for a discussion of the complexities of new fertility technologies, see Donchin 1996).

For the most part, they do not engage the complexities of reproductive freedom in a culture where women’s value is still seen, at least in part, in terms of having and raising babies. Although the debates over motherhood and feminism have changed—with Sarah Palin we supposedly have a new brand of “rogue feminism”—the culture that inspires them has not changed as dramatically as we might think. If pregnant Hollywood films are any indication, above all, women are still expected to reproduce, only now they are also expected to freely choose to do so I N T R O D U C T I O N : F R O M S H A M E F U L TO S E X Y and to do it the old-fashioned way lest they risk giving birth to monsters.

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