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This Sunday, May 11, we will celebrate the mothers in our lives, those women who, with the help of our fathers and other mentors, taught us how to be good people, whose shoulders we cried on and whose laughter brightened our days. In celebration of the holiday, international clothing brand Desigual released a mystifying commercial, one which many have found sexist and insulting. The ad presents a young woman trying on a slinky, colorful dress; catching her reflection in a mirror, she stuffs the abdomen of her garment with a cushion. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. “Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story,” says the photographer Jade Beall. Last summer, we featured Ashlee Wells Jackson’s remarkable and powerful series of photographs celebrating the post-pregnancy bodies of a diverse group of women; Beall does something similar in her new book A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers. Read More
The selfie photograph is potentially profoundly empowering, but as a genre it can also be repetitive and affirming of specific and exclusive ideas about beauty and female self-worth; it all depends on the selfie in question. Amidst the plethora of staged selfie images, one selfie we don’t see very much is a selfie in which a woman’s body is changing unpredictably, and that’s what makes the photographer Sophie Starzenski’s 40 Weeks and a Mirror so powerful. Read More
  When we think about motherhood and photography, we think of “post-baby bodies” and the tabloid-front image of a glamorous women cradling her shiny-clean newborn bundle. Even in progressive contemporary society, various media present the mother as glamorous, perfect, and inhumanly flawless.      In her stunning series Portrait of The Mother, the photographer Joy Christiansen Erb provides an alternate vision of motherhood. Shooting her own children and domestic life, the artist presents simply seen evidences of her familial love. Read More
Just when you thought humanity had reached its lowest point, a woman on a business trip to Britain was forcibly sedated so a c-section could be performed and her child could be taken from her. This came after she suffered a mental breakdown while on the trip and social services deemed her "unfit."  The woman was not allowed to spend time with her child following the non-consensual operation, as adoption proceedings commenced almost immediately. The woman herself was "dispatched with undue haste" back to her home country of Italy. Read More
Guess what?! A middle-aged white man said something stupid on Fox News! Yesterday, John Stossel of Fox Business News complained about ObamaCare, claiming that the Act’s insistence that health insurance companies not discriminate against women based on gender is unfair to him and his wallet. Arguing that women should really be charged more for health insurance, Stossel explains to Steve Doocy, “When did you last go to the doctor? Elizabeth’s going to answer quite quickly. Women go to the doctor much more often than men. Read More
Ana Casas Broda, "Kinderwunsch (Ana Playroom V)," from the Playroom series 2010. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the pregnant belly, the milk mustache. Read More
Heidi Holmberg by Ashlee Wells Jackson   We all know that pregnant women are beautiful. Many mothers-to-be sit for professional portrait photographs so that they can remember their glowing, fertile bodies as time goes by. These are images that they will one day show their children. My mother is not one of these mothers; we never took a traditional family photograph. Photographs of my mother that I’ve found over the years have all been post-pregnancy snapshots: her disheveled hair and sweaty face, my cocooned body in her arms, slightly off center on a rumpled living room couch. Read More
  Getting ready to pop out a wee-one but still unsure what to expect? Want something a little more tangible than a viewing of The Miracle of Life? Not me. I certainly don't fondly reminisce about the film's bird's eye view of the vaginal opening or the loud screams of my fellow high school classmates. I did not think the horrors of that movie could be topped. Then there came Laerdal's birthing simulator, MamaNatalie. Bring ole' Natalie into your home and you may be screaming even louder than we did in class. Read More
Here’s the deal—when ladies get fertilized, they start making some extra hormones. One hormone in particular, human chorionic gonadotropin, a.k.a. hCG, is an accurate predictor of whether or not there's a bun in the oven. hCG levels in a woman's urine increase drastically during the first few weeks of a pregnancy and decrease after about 11 weeks. If an at-home test can measure the rate of increase or decrease in a woman's hCG levels, then you have a recipe for knowing exactly how pregnant you really are. Read More