Posted by ESC on January 10, 2003
In Reply to: The Term Knocked-Up posted by Roger Williams on January 10, 2003
: : Hello, I am co-facilitator
for a group which empowers and encourages abused women. Part of empowering and
encouraging group participants is to help them understand derogatory statements
and slanderous terms towards women. During one of our group meetings a woman who
is pregnant referred to herself as being knocked-up. Immediately another participant
who is pregnant questioned her as to why she would refer to her pregnancy as a
state of being knocked-up. This of course brought on much conversation and questions
as to where this term came from, it's true meaning etc..Again this morning I heard
the term used by a female radio announcer when referring to a popular sit-com's
female star (wonder if she will get knocked-up this season and how many times?)
I have searched several websites and not been able to find the origin of this
term. Your site lists its definition as being "in a state of pregnacy." Is this
not a term that encourages sexism and demeans women?
: : Thank you
: : Jean Dewar
: The answer to you question is no. It is my experience that people can be sensitised to any word and, with a little help, be made to believe that it means just about anything you care to say it means. It's encouraging to see that 'co-facilitators' use this site - by day I am employed as a detritus re-locator working for Westminster City council.
If you will look up "knocked" in the archives, you can access a long discussion of this term. I don't think we came to a bottomline answer. "Knocked up" does have a kind of negative ring to it, doesn't it. Like it wasn't a voluntary happening.