“The Baby Formula”, “Woman on the Edge of Time”

Just finished watching this movie…independent Canadian movie…

The Baby Formula.

I really enjoyed it

From Wikipedia:

The Baby Formula

“The Baby Formula is a Canadian mockumentary film, premiering May 22, 2009 at the Inside Out Film and Video Festival in Toronto.[1]

Directed by Alison Reid, the film stars Angela Vint and Megan Fahlenbock as Athena and Lilith, a lesbian couple each pregnant with the other’s baby through an experimental stem cell procedure that created artificial sperm from their DNA.[1]  ”

Makes me think a bit about a book I read back in college by Marge Piercy called “Woman on the Edge of Time” becaud se of the solution to the inequality of women being sole bearers of children.  In this futuristic society(or hallucinated futuristic one) babies are grown in aquariums(really have to read to get the real picture)and, if I remember correctly, each child has three parents, (2 male and 1 female or 1 male and 3 female}) and all three are able and do nurse the babies…

from Wikipedia:

“Woman on the Edge of Time (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976) is a novel by Marge Piercy. It is considered a classic of utopian “speculative” science fiction as well as a feminist classic…Thirty-seven-year-old Hispanic woman Consuelo (Connie) Ramos, recently released from forced detention in a mental institution, begins to communicate with a figure that may or may not be imaginary: an androgynous young woman named Luciente. She realizes that Luciente is from a future, utopian world in which a number of goals of the political and social agenda of the late sixties and early seventies radical movements have been fulfilled. Environmental pollution, homophobia, racism, phallogocentrism, class-subordination, consumerism, imperialism, and totalitarianism no longer exist in the agrarian, communal community of Mattapoisett.”

Although it’s been over 30 years since I read the book, the basic utopian theme has stuck with me.  I’d recommend the movie, “The Baby Formula” and the book “Woman on the Edge of Time”…Think it’s time for me to get my hands on that book once again.

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One Comment on ““The Baby Formula”, “Woman on the Edge of Time””

  1. rmiles says:

    Interesting, I might have to look both of those up. Thanks again for passing along books/movies you find interesting.


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