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Scott Andrew Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Nov 2000 18:45:27 -0500
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_That Man Is Pregnant_, _A Slightly Pregnant Man_, and an episode of _The Cosby
Show_ all dealt with pregnant men, though the idea is at least as old as
"Aucassin and Nicolette" from the middle ages.  I wonder if that has ever been
a film.  I had to read that in ninth grade, and even though it was the advanced
class, the teacher couldn't seem to get it through most of the kid's heads that
"in bed with child" meant "pregnant."


Alison McMahan wrote:

> Well, of course, there are the Alien series of films, which deal with
> pregnancy in a metaphorical way.
> There are the what-if-men-got-pregnant-films, like Junior (Schwarzenneger).
> There are the Look who's talking films.  There was the great debacle about
> Demi Moore naked and
> pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair.  There are films about pregnancy as
> a social issue, such as Snapper and Angie.
> Hope that helps
> Alison
> Message text written by Film and TV Studies Discussion List
> >
> I am working on a paper in which I want to consider the history of
> pregnancy
> in film and television representation-both the concealment of  actresses'
> pregnancies and the spectacular representations of actresses' OR their
> characters' pregnancies. Examples include Marge Gunderson's pregnancy in
> Fargo (I don't believe Frances McDormand was pregnant during the production
> of this film though I'd be interested in anyone's ability to confirm or
> disprove my suspicion) and Lacey's pregnancy in Cagney and Lacey
> (occasioned
> by Tyne Daly's actual pregnancy).  If anyone has examples of other TV or
> film scenarios that I might consider, I'd appreciate any suggestion.  Or if
> you know of any research or scholarship that deals with this issue, I'd
> appreciate those suggestions as well.
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