"In parenting my child, I have become naked. I have let fall the mantle of self-consciousness about both body and self."


I view my participation in Fully Disclothed as a multi-dimensional feminist act. In allowing the photographic gaze to fall upon my postpartum body, the project draws attention to the often ignored or misunderstood work of mothers, while simultaneously giving space to the erased postpartum body. In parenting my child, I have become naked. I have let fall the mantle of self-consciousness about both body and self.


The connections between my body and my work as a parent are many. The biological stains left on my body: the quiet white marks of stretched skin, the deep fissure of scar left behind from a surgical birth; the body-memories that will forever give me access to recalling the smell of my son’s milky breath or the weight of his ‘big-boy’ hand in mine.


This is my working-mother body. It is both mine and the body of millions of women. Whether biological, adoptive, occasional or step-mother; whether employed outside the home or otherwise, all of our bodies are deeply impacted by the work we do as parents.  


It has been through my mothering work that I have finally recognized my own body’s beauty. In its capability, in its persistence, its performances, its simplicity: through this, I have become beautiful to myself. 

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