Beyond the pregnant man: representing trans pregnancy in A Deal With The Universe

Pearce, R. and White, F.R. 2019. Beyond the pregnant man: representing trans pregnancy in A Deal With The Universe. Feminist Media Studies. 19 (5), pp. 764-767. doi:10.1080/14680777.2019.1630925

TitleBeyond the pregnant man: representing trans pregnancy in A Deal With The Universe
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPearce, R. and White, F.R.
Abstract

A Deal With The Universe is described on the Tigerlily Productions website as ‘Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child’ (Parrot, 2018). A key promotional image for the film, especially for its wider UK cinema release in 2019, prominently features the heavily pregnant Barker in a swimming pool, bare chest and bump equally prominent above his swimming shorts. Like much of the written and visual language employed to signify trans pregnancy within mainstream media, such imagery relies on the “extraordinary” juxtaposition of bodily features normatively associated with men and women. What is truly unusual about Barker’s film, however, is how it deviates from a now-standard narrative of the “pregnant man”.

Keywordstransgender
pregnancy
representation
queer family
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Journal citation19 (5), pp. 764-767
ISSN1471-5902
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14680777.2019.1630925
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2019.1630925
Publication dates
Published13 Jun 2019

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