Monday, July 19, 2010

The Beginning of Pro-Choice Media

All too often, we pro-choicers are left out of mainstream media. T.V. shows and movies that address the issue of unplanned pregnancy usually feature a character who makes the decision not to terminate. However, recently that trend has started to shift. This Alternet article references a series of recent movies and television shows that take on the issue of unplanned pregnancies in a more balanced way, allowing women to consider abortion as an option. The main difference between these shows/movies and the ones that preceded them Is that we are finally seeing diversity in the decisions made by the female characters.

It is awesome to see that Hollywood is finally getting the memo that the world is ready to see abortion tackled in popular media in a pro-choice manner. Of course, we still have a while to go before it is truly in the mainstream (I had not really heard of the shows in the article, and, to my knowledge, Greenburg wasn’t exactly a blockbuster), but we are making progress.

In the article, in case you didn’t get a chance to read it, there is also an awesome short pro-choice film that is the ideal future direction of pro-choice media. The film below, Obvious Child, is a great and HILARIOUS take on a romantic comedy that confronts the issue of abortion head-on. It is only 20 minutes and definitely worth the time. I beg you to watch it.

Obvious Child from Gillian Robespierre on Vimeo.

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