Becoming pregnant: Disrupting expectations of girlhood in Juno (2007)

Kyra Clarke

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© 2014 Taylor and Francis. This article considers the implications of the presence of Juno's pregnant girl body in the film Juno (2007). The narrative follows the high school student Juno's pregnancy, her decision to have the baby adopted, and its birth as she attempts to determine her feelings for her friend Bleeker. As a pregnant girl, Juno persists in a state of liminality and disrupts linear ideas of becoming: becoming woman, becoming mother, becoming feminist. Having considered contemporary discourses of pregnancy, I explore Juno's representation of the pregnant body as both abject and humorous, recognising the restrictions upon girls' sexuality and moments in which they are contested. I then move to consider Juno in relation to discourses of risk and responsibility, acknowledging the ways in which the film simultaneously perpetuates and critiques the presumption that teenagers make bad parents. I argue that analysing the juncture of girl and pregnancy represented in Juno enables a move beyond simplistic expectations of "normal" feminine girlhood to recognise it as complex and messy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-270
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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