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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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June 1, 2014 - 8:00 am

The CW is planning to add Jane the Virgin to its fall lineup. Based on a Venezuelan telenovela of the same name, Jane the Virgin is about an intentionally virginal girl who is “accidentally artificially inseminated” by her OB-GYN:

Jane stars Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown) as a hard-working, devout Latina who is kind of hoping her boyfriend proposes — though she’s a little worried he’ll get down on one knee so she’ll finally agree to do the deed. When a mix-up at the OB-GYN leads to that artificial insemination plot line, Jane must choose whether to keep the baby — and whether to let the handsome father into her life.

Aside from containing a number of Spanish stereotypes, including the paranoid grandmother putting the fear of God into her pre-teen daughter (“Once you lose your virginity, you can never go back!“) to a cast of overtly sexualized Latinas, the show appears to be a platform for some long overdue, serious conversation regarding abortion. However, the show sounds eerily like one of the most famously influential and revered plot lines in the West’s repertoire, leaving one to wonder how a primarily Protestant audience might handle a story that’s been a hit in a Catholic country.

When it comes to the primarily pathetic representation of Latinas on television (does Sofia Vergara have to do it all?) at least Jane the Virgin appears to lack the typical trashiness of Devious Maids.

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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You mean the virgin birth, not the immaculate conception. They're different.
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The "Immaculate" Conception does not refer to the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It refers to Mary's conception without the stain of Original Sin. The term does not apply to this show.
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Expect howls of protest from "progressives". Suddenly, they will discover that Christianity had been insulted (although it wasn't -- there is no suggestion at all of any miracle here), which they will suddenly consider awful. At the very least expect total sneering dismissal. But the real reason has nothing to do with Christinaity. The REAL "crime" of the show is to show that lowest of possible human scum, the virgin, in a positive light.

Shows showing murderers and sadists as sympathetic figures of fun? Meh, that's entertainment and "undestanding" the poor murderer's "unjust society". But a VIRGIN?! Someone who rejects the all-important LIBERATION bible of the last 50 years due to MORALITY?! Outrageous! Who does she think she is, disagreeing with us open-minded liberals!
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You mean the virgin birth, not the immaculate conception. They're different.
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The "Immaculate" Conception does not refer to the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It refers to Mary's conception without the stain of Original Sin. The term does not apply to this show.
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Thank you for pointing that out.

Even false doctrines should be understood on their own terms.

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"false doctrines"? wth does that even mean? It is a legitimate doctrine of the Catholic Church. Whether or not you believe it doesn't make it a "false doctrine"- anyway, it's a matter of faith, not fact. It can't be proven "true" or "false" in any meaningful way as we understand it. But I think what you really meant was to insult Catholics and act like a jerk on the internet. Mission accomplished.
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You pronounce it false based on what authority? Before you say "Scripture," make sure you understand where Scripture came from. (Hint: it's from the same authority that pronounced this allegedly false doctrine.)
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