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F* you, babies

Baby Book
F* you, babies
A mother's book with pages of babies as text, where you push a button and a woman's words play.
In progress


F* you, babies is a book for mothers, a space to voice the negative aspects of mothering - for women who have given birth to a child or adopted one and those who have not.

I have drawn, cut-out, and ironed over 300 silhouettes of babies. The babies are made from a plastic shower curtain, paper, wool, and other materials. The babies are pages of text.

F* you, babies will include original music composed for it by Stacey Barelos, and the voices of the women who participated in the project.

Asemic Baby
I remember exhaustion. I remember crazy sadness. I remember wondering if I could throw my child against a wall. I remember fantasizing about suffocating her. I remember feeling so guilty that I felt these things, but also being aware that our culture makes mothers crazy. We sit alone in houses without anyone to help us. When we desperately need moms and sisters and women who can take the baby and give us a break instead we are in our solo houses with husbands at work and we are all alone in the wreckage of our former selves.

- Jill Littlewood, F* you babies participant

Poem Baby
As a professor of Women’s History, I know the labels that have been placed on women not having children. The one that annoys me the most is “not useful” (as if women’s only usefulness is as a mother). I actually think I am not selfish in this decision. I did not want children and I chose not to have them. I suppose I could have caved to societal pressure and family pressure to have a child, but I really did not want children. Children should be loved and wanted. That was not my path. 

- Lisa Guinn, F* you, babies participant

Quilt Square Baby

What opened the door to allow you to feel good about becoming a mother? Nothing, I never did, and I don’t right now.
- Vonnie Gallegos, F* you babies participant


Tyvec Baby
What was the biggest sacrifice you made when you decided to become a mother? My well being, my wants, and my needs.

- Letah Lewis, F* you, babies participant


F* you Babies



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