Sunday, October 14, 2012

mystical pregnancies, tropes and women

more sci-fi women with mystical pregnancies

Given the content of my previous post about aliens impregnating a woman, this video commentary is insightful. I must add that the original story for the movie The Stranger Within was from 1953. Ms. Sarkeesian's examples of mystical pregnancies all seem to be from the 90's up to the present, except for the 2000 year old reference to Jesus.

This video is part of s aeries that explore gender representations, myths and messages in popular culture media. Created and hosted by Anita Sarkeesian.

1 comment:

Lucretia Heart said...

~ Lucretia here (hopefully my blogger sign in works this time?)

I'm glad you posted this! The cultural-feminist angle should be considered quite aside from the "is it real/is it not real?" debate. And I agree that just having super fast mystical pregnancies for the purpose of a single episode is LAME.

However, there's a part of me that can't blame male plot writers for considering such an angle. Because women can get pregnant, the possibility exists for them TO get pregnant-- maybe even unconventionally.

(Although I must say, I love the Sim 2 and Sims 3 take on this. The video games have alien abductions, but only MALE sims can get pregnant with alien babies! Watching a big, burly man sim waddling down the street rubbing his belly is all kinds of hilarious! When they give birth later to a black-eyed and green-skinned (Sims 2) or gray-skinned (Sims 3) baby, the expressions of shock on their animated faces is priceless!)