Mom shaming: we’ve all been there at one point or another. Maybe you were the one getting shamed, or maybe you were the one doing the shaming—and you’ve totally reformed since then. Photographer Abbie Fox took on this all too common topic with a series of brilliantly real photos about mom shaming.
This isn’t the first time that Fox, the owner of Foxy Photography, has tackled a controversial issue through her art. Her “Fed is Best” series included mothers feeding their babies in all ways—and not just breastfeeding.
Fox’s newest photo series highlights the judge-y-ness that permeates the parenting world. Writing on the Foxy Photography Facebook page, Fox said, “When I was a first time mom I would cry for things people said to me, and the main culprit were other moms.” She went on to add, “Why we can’t just get along is a question I ask all of the time. If our kids are healthy, happy, and thriving, who cares if our parenting styles are different?!”
In response to the constant mommy-shaming that seems to surround all of us, Fox asked some of her clients if their children would pose for the shoot. She photographed each child, or group of children, with a sign admitting to one “hot button” topic.
So what topics did Fox dig into? Her photos cover common mommy-shaming issues such as eating dinner together as a family, eating homemade baby food, screen time, modern medicine, sleep training, medicated births, smartphone use (children’s smartphone use, that is), medicating children, drinking caffeine while pregnant, immunizations, homeschooling and much, much more.
The response to Fox’s photos has been wildly positive. As one Facebook user put it, “As long as the kids are thriving, who cares?” Of course, haters will hate. And Fox noted, in a follow-up FB post, that she was trolled for her Anti Mommy Shaming photos. But she did note, “Luckily I have an AMAZING tribe of women who have fully backed me up.” Go mommies!
Featured Photo: Joshua Rodriguez via Unsplash