Tropes vs. Women is a six-part video series by Feminist Frequency that explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows.
The Mystical Pregnancy is a trope writers use to create drama and terror by invading, violating and exploiting women’s reproductive capabilities. Often these female characters have their ovaries harvested by aliens or serve as human incubators for demon spawn. Sometimes they are carrying the Messiah and other times Satan himself.
Special thanks to Laura Shapiro for her wealth of fannish knowledge and invaluable help with research on this video.
Related Links and Articles:
- Check out Laura Shapiro’s vid about the Mystical Pregnancy called Stay Awake (and you can read my review on her vid at Political Remix Video)
- Pregnancy at the FanLore wiki
- While there is no Mystical Pregnancy entry at tvtropes (*hint hint*) there is FetusTrouble and ExpressDelivery
- The Dangers of Mystical Pregnancy as Entertainment by Crystal Coleman at Persephone magazine
- Visit NARAL to learn about reproductive rights and abortion legislation happening in your state and watch nineteenpercent’s excellent video about Planned Parenthood.
**Full video transcript is available at FeministFrequency.com
** This video is available to be translated into other languages by volunteers like you. Please visit the subtitling page on Universal Subtitles and click TRANSLATE to get started.