Sunday, June 10, 2007

Liberal Lingo

Pro-Life advocates are the opressors of women...or at least that's what Stephen Fell and Will Thompson want you to believe. Their upcoming documentary "Unborn in the USA" opens next weekend and it details the "deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement." In their opinion pro-life is a movement that robs a woman of her "right to privacy". The documentary is sure to create a stir.

What's interesting about this news is not that an anti-life movement has been created. But rather one must observe the carefully chosen language of its filmakers and, in the coming weeks, of those who will review it. This is not a film that talks about or discusses the methods of abortion. They won't show any images of babies being torn apart limb by limb. Rather they will discuss how defenders of the unborn are invading a women's personal right to choose what she does with her body. They will portray pro-lifers as oppressive, manipulative, invaders. Undoubtedly they will discuss conservative Christians and their right-wing beliefs, all the while painting us as religious crusaders against personal liberty. Watch the language, it makes a difference.

In these types of situations its not only what you talk about, but how you talk about it. For a film out to get the truth, as they intend for it be, they are using language that is dishonest. Listen to the language, friends, it makes a difference.

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Blogger Metafrog said...

I sense that you haven't watched the film Dave. The language you point to is not in the film, its part of the marketing of the film. The film is being marketed to 'Liberals', but you should want that, its all about the Pro-Life movement. Additionally, being a liberal doesn't automatically mean you want abortion to be legal, nor does being a conservative mean you want the government to prohibit it.

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Anonymous biker_13 said...

When I saw this film recently at a festival screening, I was left thinking how objective it was. But the more I thought about it, the more I concluded that it actually slants more towards pro-life than pro-choice. Its an extremely helpful and provocative film, one that I think has a chance of being able to persuade the "non-hard-core pro-choicers" into a serious consideration of why abortion is wrong. And I think Metafrog is correct, you need to see it, and not just read the marketing copy.

1:33 PM  

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