Mum's Not The Word

Finalist People category. Sony World Photography Awards 2016
I conceived Mum’s Not The Word because there appears to be a massive negative premise that suggests that women who do not reproduce are selfish, do not like children or are not real women. Females who do not procreate are too often misrepresented by negative terms: barren, spinster, wicked stepmother or crazy cat lady. I label myself as being child-free because I don’t want children. However, being infertile is not a choice. For many, it’s also a grieving process, which for some may slowly grow into acceptance, while for others it may be a cause of constant pain. There are also the childless by circumstance and childless by disability.