Selfish vengeful and full of spite: The representations of women who have abortions on Turkish television
This article analyses the portrayal of women who have abortions in four recent Turkish television series Gümüþ Aþk-i Memnu Hanimin Ç iftlig. i andÖyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki all of which appeared between 2005 and 2011. It is clear from the varying storylines of these melodramas that the depiction of women who have abortions on Turkish television is decidedly negative. The women who have abortions are seen as defying cultural expectations to place motherhood before all else. They are portrayed as cheating on their husbands having sex outside of marriage and prioritizing career over marriage and family. The negative portrayal of women who have abortions in Turkish soap operas perpetuates the discourse on Republican womanhood which prescribes motherhood as women's national duty and as being at the core of their identity. © 2013 Taylor and Francis.