Born to Be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby $/M, With Paper Tiger Television

1988 | 00:35:20 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Feminism, Health, Media Analysis, Performance

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Martha Rosler tackles mainstream media's representation of the case of surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead. This video, made with the collective Paper Tiger Television, uncovers the class and gender bias of the media's coverage and the courts, including the nefarious way in which Whitehead was discredited as the mother of the baby and portrayed as "psychologically unstable." Inventive graphics and kooky costumes illustrate Rosler's insightful analysis of the court battle, which cogently contrasts the financial and other rewards of the mostly male professionals involved with those of the surrogate mother--while placing surrogacy and parenthood within a larger political analysis of contemporary reproductive control in America.