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Kelly Oliver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161091

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.001.0001

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Accident and Excess

Accident and Excess

The “Choice” to have a Baby

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Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down

Kelly Oliver

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses how the language of choice has progressed in pregnancy films and put into the service of pro-life family values. Even while these films support a woman's right to choose, they still expect women to choose babies and not abortion. The question of women's reproductive choice, particularly regarding the epitome of having it all and using technology to get it, points to class differences that leave many women without any such choice. In addition, pregnancy films show mostly middle-class white women choosing to have babies rather than abortion, an act which can be interpreted as a racist anxiety over the browning of America. Pregnancy films are generally filled with uneasiness over both women and men's role in reproduction, along with fears of miscegenation, which is increasingly manifested in recent romcoms and science fiction films.

Keywords:   reproductive choice, pro-life family values, abortion, browning of America, miscegenation, pregnancy films

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