Mum's Not the Word

Childless Childfree

Mum's Not the Word
Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781787113701
Publisher: Earthworld
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Mum's Not the Word is a photobook about women without children. The nude images challenge the negative attitudes within society towards people without children, and the text shares stories of birth control, choice, freedom, regret, and pain. Women are expected to provide reasons for not having children, and yet deciding to have them does not require justification. Mum's not the word debates the social stigmatization of women, who, by choice, circumstance or whatever reasons, go against the instinct for childbirth and maternal productivity. Fifty colour images show real nude women in the reverse fetal position. The subjects come from all walks of life - professionals, artists. A few have mental health issues or disabilities; some have fragile relationships with their birth mothers. A couple of the participants also identify as other than heterosexual.

The author

Denise Felkin is a British  photographer. Her photography migrates between creative portraiture and documentary photography. She is driven by research-led projects, and collaborates with her subjects to create cutting-edge images that speak about current issues, to reveal a truthful voice, and promote unity, equality and compassion.
When Denise was nineteen, she told her mother that she did not want children. Her mother immediately dismissed her admission, and said she would feel differently when she was older; she never did. Now aged fifty, Denise has conceived a book of images of women who do not have children.

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Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781787113701
Illustrations: 53 color illustrations
Size: 7.8 in x 11.7 in / 198.12 mm x 297.18 mm