Monday, October 10, 2011

Pro-life movies

34 and counting. I'm that close to 2500 posts. Scary, particularly as I'm not posting as regularly as I used to. Last night, Pooteewheet and I watched "The Forgotten" just before bedtime. I didn't know much about it, other than my brother warning me it wasn't very good. It was awful. And it waited until the very last moment to beat you over the head with the fact that it had a message that was very, very important. I'm going to spoil the shit out of it for you. When aliens try to steal your memories, they should realize that the first memory you have of you and your child is not when they're a baby, but when they're growing inside of you. In the interest of who the hell cares if your movie is prolife or not, these are categorized by students for life (.org):

Films with a Pro-Life Message:
  • Amazing Grace (2007)
  • Bella (2007)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Apocalypto (2006)
  • The Island (2005)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • The Forgotten (2004)
  • Gattaca (1997)
Films with a Pro-Abortion Message:
  • Vera Drake (2004)
  • Cider House Rules (1999)
  • A Handmaid’s Tale (1990)
I'm not so sure A Handmaid's Tale is a pro-abortion movie, although this individual (Anne Barbeau Gardiner) disagrees. She points to a part of the book where someone historically refers to abortion as birth control, proof that we're being clubbed over the head with an anti-abortion rhetoric by Atwood. But if you have an abortion to prevent a birth...isn't it birth control? I fail to understand how you could refer to it as anything else. Yes, yes...murder, etc. But was used to control a birth. Even if it was a murder in your mind, it's still birth control. Saying it's one of the other is semantics. The Handmaid's Tale isn't about abortion, it's about someone else controlling your body so completely that you can't help but draw parallels to how people do and want to control your body in the current culture.

1 comment:

Larry Rubinow said...

You missed "Dirty Dancing" (illegal abortions can be messy).