Danielle Green is a recent college graduate and independent filmmaker. She also writes for a humanist blog called Side with Science, which focuses on social issues.
Junior Contributor II
Pregnancy in American Horror Story
What is the role of pregnancy in the first two seasons of American Horror Story? In the first season, we have the housewife pregnant with a monster that eventually kills her in childbirth. In the second, we have two women pregnant who are pregnant from the same man. There are many factors that make them different, even to the extent that one is black and one is white. There could be interesting "black and white" comparisons drawn between their roles in their lover’s life, how they become pregnant, how they handle their pregnancy, etc. What are the implications of using pregnancy as a plot device?
You bring up a point that I may have not clarified well in my article. The point was not to focus on the disparity between strong male and female leads, but the character traits and type of conflicts that they experience. I’m glad that you don’t see a big disparity because that means we are making progress in some way. But the real concern is the type of representation that women have, not just representation itself (as we’ve already established). Thank you for reading!
As a university student that works in a writing center, I appreciated this article so much. It was thorough and thoughtful. Thank you!
This is such a thorough and NECESSARY article. It succeeds in putting into words the concepts that so many of us stumble over in an effort to assimilate the value of sex as a plot device (or visual stimulation). Thank you for writing this article. It is very thoughtful.
I can’t tell if this is sarcasm. On the off chance it isn’t, I must ask: does threatening people’s damnation normally work for you? This is an open forum for open discussion. People will have different opinions as a result of different experiences and upbringings. Sex is an important topic because it is a part of the human condition. There is no value in censoring what people can talk maturely about in a productive, insightful way. Please do not stifle the intellectual community with a single point of view. That is not what this website is for. Thank you.
I’ve always found Baz to be somewhat obnoxious with some of his plot devices and choice of actors. However, I recognize that he pay careful attention to character development. He treats them like people that exist outside of a film, which is respectable. I haven’t seen The Get Down yet, but this article has motivated me to. Thank you!