HomeMST Reviewvol. 19 no. 2 (2017)

Interpreting Masculine Domination in Two Abortion Films: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Vera Drake

Rica Delos Reyes-ancheta



Cognizant that masculine domination is both an explicit and implicit datum in our lived world, this paper demonstrates that a narrative is better analyzed and understood if its implicit sociocultural background is brought into view. Using the two films, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Vera Drake as launching pads for analysis, this paper will show how a “face value” may have to be revised into its “true value” as soon as the implicit is disclosed. This exercise intends to uncover both the foreground and background modes of masculine domination in the two films. A re-imaging of female/male identities is done through a critical reading of the biblical Creation Story.