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Baby!fic, wtf?
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scififreak From: scififreak Date: December 1st, 2007 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
The one thing that always really bothers me about baby!fic is that there are hardly ever any options even talked about except keeping the baby. Abortion is never done and only rarely given lipservice at all. Despite the fact that the characters often have good reason to consider *ALL* their options. Not to mention the fact that it's totally outside of reality. 1 in 4 women will have at least one abortion in their lives, though you'd never know that reading most fic.

Though I do think that quite a few fics and authors write babies and kids fairly accurately in their stories. I've read lots of fics where having a baby or kid changes not only the characters outlooks, but lives. And they show the hard parts of parenting like exhaustion, changing one's life and priorities, discipline, safety etc.

But I mainly want more reproductive choices presented in fic. I work for Planned Parenthood and won't even pretend like I don't know more about this stuff than most, but because of it I am easily annoyed when I see so many options not even being considered because of what I feel is a value judgment of the author despite how impractical or unrealistic it is in the context of the story. Er, </rant.
duskyfox From: duskyfox Date: December 1st, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
The absence of abortion in fic bothers me less than the absence of adoption; probably because I've seen at least 2 fics where characters have chosen to abort, but none where they decide to give the child up for adoption. And when I do see instances where one character is considering it, the others guilt the hell out of him/her with the "but it's your baybee!!11!!" reaction.
scififreak From: scififreak Date: December 2nd, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is true. I can't think of one fic where a character put a child up for adoption (that wasn't canon like on the X-Files). yeah, that "but it's your baybee!!11!!" reaction is very common when someone is considering options. Because the decision isn't hard enough w/o someone stating the obvious and throwing on a guilt trip.
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