We’ve all seen it by now: the jaw-dropping TIME magazine cover that shows an almost-4-year-old boy drinking milk from his MILFy mom’s breast. I’ve discussed it ad nauseam – with friends, family, colleagues – and the collective response is a definitive “Gross!”
What’s so interesting to me is how immediate people’s reactions seem to be. Just last night, for instance, I was out for dinner with a couple of girlfriends. “Have you seen that disgusting TIME cover?” asked one. Our friend had not seen it and so I pulled up the image on my iPhone. “That’s gross!” she blurted out despite being a totally down-to-earth, non-judgemental mother who breastfed each of her four children.
That got me thinking: is there anyone out there who actually likes this photo? Even those moms who themselves breastfed their kids past age 2 are put off by this cover because they’re portrayed in a less-than-flattering light (at least that’s what I’m hearing from the attachment parenting moms I spoke with). Some say it sexualizes the act of breastfeeding, while others complain it’s purely sensationalistic.
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