Needless to say, I have not been paying attention to this blog as much as I’d planned to. In my defence, I have been swamped with research stuff and a few other things that need attention. I’ve always appreciated the difficulty balancing studying with home life and employment, after all this not my first degree and I do not come from an affluent family. I don’t mind admitting I’m finding this tough going.
Anyway, since my last I’ve passed my 6-month assessment. Woohoo! The woohooing did not last too long as it’s now full steam ahead for the next assessment point and this one’s a biggie; it’s the first chapter. It’s been decided I’ll write the chapter on Ari Astor’s Midsommar, which is one of my favourite post-millennial horror films. It’s trippy and dark and creepy as f*uk, and it stays with you because it has that reality factor.
So the main crux of my thesis is the matter of coerced reproduction (CR) and analysing how ritual engages with this topic in post-millennial horror. It is believed by some that Horror genres are a bit low brow and are only for distraction purposes, but analysis has demonstrated that horror films are born out of times of collective trauma – we are living one now so expect an explosion of horror literature soon. Analysis also demonstrates that horror opens up and engages with existential dialogues as a way of individuals seeking a way of coping with collective traumas.
Why study Coerced Reproduction? Folks, there is something scary happening in the world with respect to reproductive autonomy; the new laws in Texas demonstrate this and they are not the first governing body to interfere with reproductive choices. It has been a topic of discussion for the last decade that global birth rates are decreasing to the point where governments, specifically in more developed countries, are being encouraged to act.
I’m not saying my research will instigate any major changes but I do hope to open a dialogue regarding this as it is a matter that needs discussing before any further rights pertaining to reproductive autonomy are impacted negatively.