Monday, February 8, 2010

Keep Your Audience Off Women’s Bodies

Drum roll please…..

And the winner for the most insensitive, disgraceful, degrading and purely sensational, web series goes to…

I first read about this series in an article on AlterNet. The web series about a fictional reality show that follows women who are struggling over the choice to have an abortion or see the pregnancy to term. The twist on the show, that demolishes any potential for progressive television, is that the viewers get to vote whether the woman should have an abortion or not. This crass show goes even further, using the tag-line:

“In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court gave women a choice. Thirty-seven years later, we're giving them a voice. BUMP+ is a provocative web series from Yellow Line Studio that follows the fictional stories of three women facing unintended pregnancies.”

Really? This show is “giving them [women] a voice” by allowing the audience to CHOOSE FOR THEM!!! It claims to be provocative, but really all that it is provoking is hate coming from the pro-life side and disgust coming from those who are pro-choice. This sensationalizes the intimate and PERSONAL decisions that a woman must face when dealing with an unintended pregnancy.
Just reading over the experiment section makes me want to laugh… The creators claimed that they were “inspired by President Obama’s call to people on both sides of the abortion debate to open the lines of communication and find workable solutions to the problem of unintended pregnancies…” Do not be fooled. There is nothing “inspired” about giving the choice over a woman’s bodies to the viewing audience.

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