AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

6/1/09

The Baby Formula: Food For Thought

Director: Alison Reid
Writer Richard Beattie
Genre: Comedy

Plot: Two women elect to have babies without insertion of a man's sperm. It is all 'x' chromosomes.

Commentary: When men are not involved in the reproduction of the species, when sperm is artificial then the consequences remain unknown for years, generations to come.

What are we doing messing with the DNA and RNA, the foundation of human life.

This is the frightening question that looms quietly but intensely in this film, with the genre tag of 'Comedy.' All the love displayed, the personalities that support this abnormal construction of human life, is a sad commentary on our collective inability to think of consequences to seemingly banal events.

For me, these women, pregnant without benefit of a man's sperm exemplify science gone awry.

Is this a film worth seeing? You decide. It represents a slim line between the horror film of today and this award wining "comedic" entertainment.

Release date July 10, 2009


Linda Zises
WBAI Women's Collective

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