Mulraney, Rosa ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0008-7205-4856 and Misiak, Anna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7153-944X (2024) WHY MUMS DON'T JUMP: ANIMATION AS A FEMINIST TOOL. MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, 13. ISSN 2003-167X

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Abstract / Summary

In 2020, journalist Helen Ledwick launched her podcast Why Mums Don't Jump with a manifesto to help bust taboos surrounding incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain after childbirth. As a backdrop to this the UK government published its 'Women's Health Strategy for England' that acknowledged there were gaps in research, training and education. Other affected women were also going public with fitness channels, books and podcasts. In this article I draw attention to the cultural and medical bias women face, the activists who are making a difference and the power of animation to help break taboos. In 2022, I invited Ledwick to be a live-brief client for the 2nd year animation students at Falmouth University. The students produced a short 2D animated film that premiered at La Femme International Film Festival in Los Angeles in October 2023. The film captures the suffering women endure but also their optimism for the future they'd like to create. Reflecting on the process of making and distributing the film, I make a case for animation as a powerful feminist tool.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminism, feminist
ISSN: 2003-167X
Subjects: Arts > Drawing > Animation
Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Public Exhibition
Social Sciences
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Animation
Depositing User: Rosa Mulraney
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2024 11:14
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 11:14
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/5442


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