So there’s been a lot of dialogue here at Opinioness of the World about abortion lately. And I plan to keep it going! But this time, in a more lighthearted way.
My fellow blogger (and dear friend!) Sarah at My Ideas Is Just Better introduced me to the quirky, funny and delightful film Obvious Child. (Thanks, Sarah, my feminist partner in crime!) In short, the 20-minute film is “a romantic comedy about an unplanned pregnancy, an abortion, and a great first date in an unlikely location.” But Obvious Child is much more as it reveals a spunky woman (Jenny Slate, SNL) dealing with a very real situation in a sweet and tender way.
Gillian Robespierre, the film’s director and co-writer, told feminist website The FBomb,
“After seeing so many films featuring unplanned pregnancies that end in childbirth (Juno, Knocked Up, Waitress, Bella, to name a few), we had become disenchanted with the representation of young women’s experience with becoming pregnant in the media today. While we have enjoyed these films, we have also been greatly unnerved by the ways in which filmmakers (and our culture more generally) have represented the issue of abortion, making it a silent enemy, a choice not to be made. We’d been waiting to see a film in which a woman makes the other choice – and there’s still a happy ending.
Young women need to know that abortion is a responsible choice to make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. In writing this film, we also wanted to make feminism more mainstream and accessible. We believe more people are feminists than they realize…”
From one feminist to another, I couldn’t have said it better myself.