Reposted: Pregnant protagonists going to war

Ms. Monalisa Foster makes a good point here, readers. The fact that so many writers at present are ignoring it is more than a little bit disturbing:

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Pregnant protagonists going to war

This morning I stumbled onto this and found myself in dire need to write about it because I too am writing a pregnant protagonist. And as a woman who has actually had two children and who isn’t writing from the female empowerment angle or from the coward-ally angle that so many male feminists do write from, I have to tell you that a pregnant protagonist is one of the most challenging things to write about.

It was Mark Twain who wrote ““truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction is obliged to stick to probability, and truth ain’t.”

Contemporary writers seem to have forgotten this as they bring us more and more “fantastic” (and I don’t mean that in a good way) women in an attempt to worship at the altar of “girls rule, boys drool.” It really is coming down to a kindergarten taunt, the difference being that a lot of the “boys” are the ones verbalizing it.

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11 thoughts on “Reposted: Pregnant protagonists going to war

  1. That bit, “Women’s muscles and bones are still lighter than men’s. And when it comes to physical combat, physics still rules. And Physics is a cast iron bitch” brings to mind late 1970s, early 1980s, when Dad was in Navy and women were becoming crew on ships. It was found during combat and damage control exercises that the vast majority of women simply did not have enough upper body strength to lift male casualties up through the deck hatches as a male crew member could: and that bit of “a” male crew member is of great significance because there was normally not enough space for more than one crew member to participate in the lift – for those who have not had the experience of going aboard, the interior spaces of Navy ships are not proportioned like McMansions and shopping malls.

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  2. I think Mad Max: Fury Road had the best examination of this trope. Splendid Angharad is a heroine (much more of a heroinewith strength of will, presence of mind, selfless courage, kindness, charisma….and then she dies because she doesn’t have the physical strength to pull herself up after falling off the rig.

    That being said, in a time of war you do what you gotta do.

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  3. This is most refreshing in today’s cultural chaos. My idea of “female empowerment” is, let’s allow women to be women. Like they always were until the past fifty or sixty years of SJW and “feminist” propaganda. Marvelous, wonderful, indispensable, but DIFFERENT from men! What a concept.

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    1. Your reaction is very much akin to Ms. Foster’s and mine, though I admit to having a “hands off the expectant mom!” reaction as well. To date, my only story with a pregnant mother is Scylla’s Lair, and the biggest challenge was, “How do I get the heroine in a position to save herself and her child *without* it coming to fisticuffs?”

      Luckily, her voice was right over there on the shelf, and she had a tool on her to work her way out of the trap. It didn’t come down to a physical contest because she was smart enough to know she REALLY couldn’t afford to fight while pregnant.

      The fact that James Cameron thinks my heroine could have pulled it off makes me *mad.*

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      1. Global Crisis, on the Little Ice Age, has a lot on maternal mortality and how risky being pregnant is even when everything is going well. “A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave” was a common 1600s Europe saying.

        Fight? During that? Ooooh no, not if I can help it, I’m sniping the guy long-distance if at all possible. Even better, just pushing a button!

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      2. Yes! This! Plus, the Na’vi are hunter-gatherers – maternal mortality is even *worse* in that situation than in the Medieval period. If you have a pregnant woman fighting, your society is *DEAD.*

        The fact that Cameron thinks this is a good idea – i.e. “empowering” – says far more bad things about him and his ilk than they realize.

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