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THE PREGNANT BODY
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Your UsernameIn her Afterword, Butler explains that “Bloodchild” is partly about a man choosing pregnancy out of love. In what ways is choosing to carry someone’s progeny an act of love? In what ways is making Gan pregnant an exercise of Tlic power? How much is Gan’s body his own to do as he wishes? Does Gan really have a choice about his pregnancy if the terms of his union were decided when he was born, without his participation or consent? Could Tlic impregnation be considered rape? Does it matter that Gan give his consent? Butler estranges pregnancy by making it something that happens to the male of the species. How does this move show to us that pregnancy is not only a personal choice but a commodity regulated by society? In what ways does society attempt to control pregnant bodies? Why do we do so? What effect does this have on the pregnant individual? How much is she valued compared to the offspring she carries? Is Gan only/mostly loved by T’Gatoi because he is a potential pregnant body or does she love him for other qualities?
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3/14/2016 14:07:29Keyboredplease
Didn't want his sister to bear the pain of going through the experience of being a host.
Despite Gan's fear after seeing what happened to Bram Lomas, he was still willing to carry blood sucking maggots in his entrails.
Gan says his fear was mistakened for hate.
Gan's consent never mattered. His mother made the decision for her son to be used as a host from birth. Humans have a purpose in the Preserve and that purpose is to further the generations of T'lic. Technically it can be considered rape as humans aren't in their stable mind frame, being fed sterile eggs that intoxicate them. "I looked into the yellow eyes, wondering how much I saw and understood there, and how much I only imagined. No one ever asks us." (in regards to consent)Becoming pregnant is not such a personal choice but it's something that must occur for generations to come and continue the species/ pass on genes. Selling of children for reproduction for the T'lic race. Their society lives off that fact. The pregnant individual takes a strong mental/emotional toll. Both the host and offspring are treasured equally. Without the host, there are no offspring. It is evident that T'Gatoi loves Gan because he is a potential pregnant body. "What does Terran blood taste like to you?" Silence. "What are you... What are we to you?" Silence. "Do you care... Do you care that it's me?" Silence.
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3/14/2016 14:17:13
Inspirational Beauty
Putting yourself through the process of being pregnant and going through the trials and tribulations of this act without necessarily having to.

Giving others the opportunity to have a family, to feel their joy in your act.

Sharing the experience with a person you are becoming pregnant for.
It's an exercise of power because whether or not a member of Terrans chooses to carry the young, one of the members will eventually have to carry the Tlic's young. It's the Tlic's way of having the Terrans occupy their world.
Gan's body is not 100% his because the Tlic's have some sort of control of the Terrans' body so they can be healthy hosts.
Yes he does have a choice because T'Gatoi has a strong bond with him and T'Gatoi doesn't want someone who hates the process to carry her young. He even chose to have his sister take the burden since she wanted to but changed his mind because he didn't want her to become closer than he was to T'Gatoi and he didn't want her to go through the pain.
Yes in the way that T'Gatoi stated she must do it to someone tonight. So even if someone in the family didn't consent to it, one of them will still get impregnated. Consent doesn't really matter because as T'Gatoi stated someone was getting impregnated.
Males are not born to be pregnant so that shows it not being a personal choice but a commodity regulated by society.
Society puts limitations such as vitamin intake, no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, continued doctor visits, etc to insure the babies health. This makes the pregnant individual feel that nothing is their choice but only chosen for the sake and well being of the baby. She is valued to a certain extent compared to the offspring only because if something happens to her then the offspring is in harm. The offspring is valued higher in the moms case because she doesn't want any harm to come to her offspring.
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9/11/2016 21:21:17wikiuser103When someone chooses to bring life into this world it's only because of the act of love. Whether it be: you love your partner, already love your unborn child, love the idea of having a child, or the idea of being able to give someone a family. Because there is always a choice to terminate or prevent pregnancy, I feel that the only reason that anyone decides to keep the pregnancy is because love is a factor.Because Terran live in the Preserve, which is located in the Tlic world, the Tlic already have power over them. The Terran need the Preserve to keep their species alive. In order to keep the "peace" between the two species, the Terran in turn have to give up their bodies so that the Tlic can impregnate them and keep their race alive and their families strong and healthy.

Gan can do what he pleases with his body as long as he hosts T'Gatoi's children. I don't believe that Gan ever had a choice about his pregnancy. The choice was always T'Gatoi's. Lien, Gan's mother promised one of her children and T'Gatoi chose Gan. I do believe that Tlic impregnation is considered rape because the Terran people don't have a choice in the matter. I'm sure that if the Terran people never had to be hosts to Tlic children, that they would never choose to be one.
Butler making the male species the ones that are chosen to become pregnant, estranges pregnancy and shows us that pregnancy is also a commodity regulated by society. This helps us view pregnancy as just being a process. For example, some women choose to become surrogates. Being a surrogate means that you give birth to your child and hand over your parental rights as the mother. Although this may not seem "normal" to some people, it is something that happens. A woman has to completely detach her feelings from her biological child so that she is able to give it to the family that hired her to carry the baby. This is how Gan's character has to face his pregnancy with T'Gatoi's children.

One way that society tries to control a pregnant body is by trying to pass laws that prevents a woman from having an abortion. There are several communities that are "pro life" and believe that once a woman is pregnant, she shouldn't have the right to terminate the pregnancy. This can be very difficult for women because they can feel pressured into keeping the child that they aren't prepared to have. Also, a woman can probably cause herself harm by trying unhealthy ways to terminate the pregnancy. When this is the case, the woman that is carrying the unborn child isn't taken into consideration at all. The psychological effect that it may have on her doesn't even matter, she doesn't even matter as long as the baby is carried to full term and is born.

I do believe that T'Gatoi only loves Gan because he is a potential pregnant body. Again, if T'Gatoi was able to carry her own children, or the males in her species were able to carry her children, she wouldn't even have to look for a Terran body to implant her eggs into. She is forced into this strange relationship (if you must call it that) in order for her to have children, and even more so, for her species to live.
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9/13/2016 1:43:18Mboodoo123it is love because a man should be able to do anything for a woman despite the surrounding difficulties and the man should do not be forced to help.Tlics impregnation can not be considered rape because he gave the consent that he allows Gan to pregnate him, because it was a mutal agreement. Gans body is his own all one hundred percent and he should be able to do what ever he wants with it. I am not sure how to respond
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