Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

Kelly Oliver


No longer is being pregnant a repulsive or shameful in Hollywood movies, yet an enticing characteristic, usually bettering the romantic or comedic storyline of a feminine personality. Kelly Oliver investigates this curious shift and its mirrored image of fixing attitudes towards women's roles in copy and the kin. now not all representations symbolize development. Oliver reveals that during many being pregnant motion pictures, our anxieties over smooth reproductive practices and applied sciences are made take place, and every so often perpetuate conventions curbing women's freedom. examining such movies as Where the center Is (2000), Riding in automobiles with Boys (2001), Palindromes (2004), Saved! (2004), Quinceañera (2006), Children of Men (2006), Knocked Up (2007), Juno (2007), Baby Mama (2008), Away We Go (2009), Precious (2009), The Back-up Plan (2010), Due Date (2010), and Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2011), Oliver investigates being pregnant as a car for love, a political factor of "choice," a illustration of the webhosting of "others," a prism for fears of miscegenation, and a display for contemporary technological anxieties.

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