Why the Title?
Well…for years, thanks to Freud, women have been accused of penis envy. However, if you look at the historical behavior of men and their burning need/desire to control women–-their bodies, their sexuality, their reproductive rights, etc.–-it is actually the other way around. So the title seemed natural right from the start.
What made you decide to make this film?
Fetus Envy was originally written as a one-act play in 2003. At the time, I was a member of a now defunct theatre company called Urban Rock Project. As a direct response to the Bush administration’s Patriot Act, founder Rich Cole challenged company members to write plays that addressed the many ways in which our rights were being infringed upon (one addressed criminal justice, another marriage and civil unions, another capital punishment, right to privacy, etc). We ended up with ten one-acts which were produced in the NY International Fringe Festival under the title, Patriot Acts: The Constitution Project.
Earlier this year, with the trans-vaginal controversy and Congress refusing to let women speak on a panel about contraception (are you kidding me!), I got angry all over again and realized that my play was more pertinent now than when I first wrote it. So I decided to shoot it as a film and post it to youtube in, in hopes of it being a call to action.
Then, at some point during the filmmaking process, we discovered an article about the criminalization of pregnant women due to the personhood bill (and one article then led to another). It was at this point that we realized the film, while a work of fiction, was more life-like and less satirical than we’d thought and that “the not too distant future” was NOW.
The war on women is real — and dangerous. This isn’t about left or right. This is about putting the power of women’s health and reproductive rights back where it belongs:
IN THE HANDS OF WOMEN
Fetus Envy, it’s not just a film; it’s a movement!