That Time Magazine Cover with the Blogher writer who posed for it breastfeeding her three-year old son. I don’t even have to link to it. You know what I mean.
What is it about this picture that has incited so many responses – everything from disgust, approval, and confusion? When I first saw it this was my immediate response: “It’s basically an agenda-driven, biased caricature of what is supposed to be natural.” It felt a bit sensationalistic, and the title, “Are You Mom Enough?” was a loaded phrase – one that seemed intent on fueling the latest so-called Mommy Wars. It irked me for three very different reasons:
1) It made breastfeeding for this long look deviant. I don’t think I will breastfeed the twins for quite so long, but if I do, who cares?
2) On the other hand, it made it seem like those who don’t follow attachment parenting, or specifically support breastfeeding wouldn’t be good enough mothers/parents.
3) It felt like another expression of motherhood limited only to a narrow group of women – white, privileged, and beautiful.
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