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Skin in the Game: Mothering and Bodies



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Join a panel of body image and disability advocates for a fearless conversation about the ideas, expectations and pressures around pregnancy, birth and mothering bodies.

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Pregnant bodies change. Fact. But what is the true physical cost of pregnancy and birth? How does a changing body impact sex, desire and emotions? And why does society hold such rigid expectations on pregnant people and parents to look a certain way?

April Hélène-Horton, also known as The Bodzilla, advocates for body acceptance and fat positivity. Lefa Singleton Norton is a writer and producer who recently wrote about her experience parenting with a disability in We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents. Frankie van Kan is a writer, performance artist, sex worker and parent.

For this M/Other event, they come together to discuss navigating changing bodies, desire, stereotypes around fatness and motherhood, and the realities of parenting with a chronic illness in a wide-ranging conversation hosted by poet, performer and advocate Eleanor Jackson.

Please note Vanessa Muradian is no longer appearing in this event.


Conversations in M/OTHER may include references to topics such as mental health, reproductive rights, and childbirth. If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)Perintal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) and Beyond Blue.


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Official Bookseller

The official bookseller for M/OTHER is Neighbourhood Books.


M/OTHER is a weekend of fearless conversation about the ways ‘motherhood’ is experienced, portrayed and labelled by those who mother, have been mothered, wish they were mothers, do not identify as mothers, cannot or do not want to mother, and by society at-large.




April Hélène-Horton

April Hélène-Horton, known as “The Bodzilla,” is a passionate advocate for body acceptance, fat positivity and is the epitome of unapologetic authenticity. She’s bold, she’s kind, she’s passionate but above all she’s unfaltering in her pursuit of joy! April’s unwavering belie... Read more

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and sometimes community radio broadcaster. She is the author of Gravidity and Parity, winner of Small Press Network’s Book of the Year (2022), and A Leaving, both by Vagabond Press. Her live album, One Night Wonders, is produc... Read more

Lefa Singleton Norton

Lefa Singleton Norton is a writer and creative producer. Her work centres on disability, feminism and motherhood.

Frankie van Kan

Frankie van Kan is an interdisciplinary queer artist, writer and sex worker living, loving and learning on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her practise includes live performance, costume, the written word and dance.  Her debut solo show, A Body at Work, directed by Maude Davey, recently completed its pr... Read more


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