Abortion and Pop Culture

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Abortion and Pop Culture
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Sun, 06-01-2003 - 6:36pm
For being such a "taboo" topic in the past, it's becoming an increasingly ludicrous moneymaker topic.


There have been movies (If These Walls Could Talk; Cider House Rules; Dirty Dancing).

There have been television shows (Everwood; Law & Order; Boston Public)

There have been Top 40 Hits (Brick ; Freshmen ; What It's Like ).

There have been more books than you can shake a moral finger at.


What specific (or thinly-veiled) references to abortion have you noticed in modern pop culture?

(I find the different approaches quite interesting and am interested in hearing others' interpretations! :))

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 06-01-2003 - 7:00pm
Excellent question and observation! I find it interesting as well and have noticed that not only in movies, tv shows and books, but people have profited as well...take Gloria Allred, she has represented women in the area of abortion, as well as other areas concerning women's issues, and has made quite a name for herself and I'm sure financially is doing quite well.

It is interesting that abortion is such a volitile subject and such an emotional one and people use such different avenues to try and get their message across even when the messages can be so different. What makes it so interesting to me is that while the views are so different we are just as equally passionate about it.

Great question!

Sue

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Tue, 06-03-2003 - 2:03pm
Very true, on both sides of the issue!

(then again, I think a lot of self-proclaimed 'charity'/'education' type movements are like that; for example, the CEO of American Red Cross makes $300,000 in salary alone per year. However, the president of the Salvation Army makes only $13,000. Ouch, huh? Imagine what even $250,000 of that money could do, you know?)

Throw some examples out, Sue, if you can think of any on the abortion front! I'm interested in compiling a list. :)

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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 1:27pm
On page 91 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we read about Mandrakes. Mandrakes are ordinary looking plants whose roots are actually green human babies. They scream when they're pulled out of the ground and are grown for the purpose of being cut up and stewed to make restorative potions.

Could this be a not so subtle reference to use of human embryonic cells?

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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 2:00pm
No. There is no problem using the mandrakes once they get through adolescence (to be ripe). Nor was abortion referenced by Dr. Seuss when Horton hears the Who. People read too much into these things.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.