Sing, O Barren Woman

Susan Mogul

2000 | 00:10:35 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Music, Music Video, Sexuality, Video History

Sing, O Barren Woman, part documentary part music video, satirizes and celebrates a taboo subject--voluntary childlessness. Susan Mogul gives voice to ten women who are childless by choice (or default) as they come out as non-mothers speaking and "singing" about the stereotypes of the "barren" woman. "Never mentioned in public or given a voice, we’re invisible women who made a provocative choice." These various refrains crescendo to Susan’s humorous song of sexual innuendo "Baby, I Still Can Conceive." This is the first U.S. film or video on voluntary childlessness.

"Giving voice to ten women who chose not to have children, Mogul's video simultaneously offers a hilarious and poignant meditation on all manner of life choices and the necessity of living with their consequences." --David Pagel, Los Angeles Times

"I was truly amazed at how much wit, insight, creativity, artistic imagination, spunk, beauty and fun you could wrap into 11 minutes! Bravo!” --Elaine T. May, author of “Barren in the Promised Land” 

Funded by a COLA Fellowship, a grant that honors mid-career artists.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Videozone International Video Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2004

Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Director’s Choice Citation, 2004

Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, New York, 2003

Visions du Reel International Documentary Festival, Switzerland, 2001

Amascultura International Documentary Film Festival, Portugal, 2001

 Life and Times, KCET, Los Angeles PBS, 2001

 COLA 2000, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2000