Fiction Women S Studies Inspired By Judith Jarvis Thomson S Philosophical Thought Experiment The Violinist, WHAT HAPPENED TO TOM Is A Psychological And Philosophical Thriller Plan B Became Available Without A Prescription Well After Viagra Became So Very Popular No Surprise Then, That Tom, Like Many Men, Assumes That Since Pregnancy Is A Natural Part Of Being A Woman, It S No Big Deal A Woman Finds Herself Pregnant, She Does Or Does Not Go Through With It, End Of Story But Then Tom Wakes Up To Find His Body S Been Hijacked And Turned Into A Human Kidney Dialysis Machine He Has To Stay Connected To Simon For Nine Months Or Simon Will Die Much Of The Novel Is Written As Dialogue Between Tom And The Female Doctor Who Did This To Him They Met In A Bar And He Remembers Nothing Tom And His Friend Steve His Girlfriend, Beth And, Eventually, The Violinist Named Simon Tom Finds He Is Powerless To Take Legal Or Medical Action To Deal With The Situation And Loses Everything Considering This Situation Analogous To An Unwanted Pregnancy, This Book Draws Out The Ethical Dimension Of A Pro Choice Position WHAT HAPPENED TO TOM Is Ultimately A Feminist Allegory About Women S Reproductive Rights This Powerful Book Plays With The Gender Gap To Throw Into High Relief The Infuriating Havoc Unwanted Pregnancy Can Wreak On A Woman S Life Once You Ve Read What Happened To Tom, You Ll Never Forget It Elizabeth Greene, Author Of Understories And Moving Peg Tittle S What Happened To Tom Takes A Four Decades Old Thought Experiment And Develops It Into A Philosophical Novella Of Extraordinary Depth And Imagination Tittle Uses Judith Jarvis Thompson S Famous Violinist Illustration From Her 1971 Essay A Defense Of Abortion As The Inspiration For This Story Of Tom Who Is Kidnapped And Surgically Attached To A Famous Violinist Tittle Adds Multiple Nuances To Thomson S Original Scenario, And The Novel Takes Dark, Unexpected Turns As Tom Desperately Tries To Extract Himself From His Dire Situation Part Allegory, Part Suspense Perhaps Horror Novel, Part Defense Of Bodily Autonomy Rights Especially Women S , Tittle S Book Will Give Philosophers And The Philosophically Minded Much To Discuss Ron Cooper, Author Of Hume S Fork And Other Philosophical Novels As Well As Heidegger And Whitehead A Phenomenological Examination Into The Intelligibility Of Experience Professor, College Of Central Florida You ll notice that the title is not a question, but a statement Inspired by a philosophical thought experiment, Ms Tittle has written a novella that poses the what if questions What if men got pregnant More to the point, What if they found themselves pregnant against their wishes Well, that s what happened to Tom Wagner Out for a few drinks with friends after work, he next wakes up in a type of hospital room, but it s not a hospital, it s a clinic run by Dr Anders, the woman who app
This novella brings a thought experiment from the 70s to life It s a lot to think about. I read this in one sitting, less than two hours, couldn t put it down Fantastic allegorical examination of the gendered aspects of unwanted pregnancy A must read for everyone, IMO.
- 130 pages
- What Happened to Tom
- Peg Tittle
- 14 August 2018 Peg Tittle