So why is a picture of a 3 year old boy suckling on his mother’s breast causing some browbeating…?
Looks like Time Magazine have decided to err on the provocative side to drive the point home that some mother’s may be going the extra mile when it comes to rearing their youth or maybe not at all?
The upcoming May 21 hardcover itself features an attractive young woman by the name of Hamie Lynne Grumet looking straight at the camera whilst her 3 year old son standing on a chair sucks on her semi exposed breast.
The running cover title accompanying the image reads; ‘are you mum enough.’
Of course what makes the image disconcerting or at least eye jarring is the fact that most of us think of breast feeding as an experience which involves a mother holding a child in her arms whilst a small child nuzzles in. Here instead we have a child standing on a chair to reach his mother’s breast as to drive home the issue of disconcert with the public’s appetite for breast feeding, well certainly in public anyway.
The image in some way mocks the usual questions that comes with public breast feeding: ‘is breastfeeding indecent? Is it natural? Is it too upsetting to have to watch? The irony of course is that women who do choose to breast feed their children to an extended age period (some mothers will breast feed their children until the age of 4) is that it runs congruent to opinions of some of the foremost in the medical profession(including Dr Bill Sears who is featured in the inside of TIME).
What’s interesting is the implied sexuality of the cover (and perversely the sense of indecency of a young boy suckling on his mother’s breast) which if we are to go by popular culture, has sexualized the breast as a phallic symbol whilst at the same time neglecting to realize that breasts actually exist for a biological reason- to provide milk for the rearing of the young.
Turning a personal child rearing decision on a polemic on aesthetics is merely pandering and an ingenuous attempt by Time to stir the boat….
Of course as my personal doctor once advised me: ‘Do you know why you have such good facial structure? (I kid you not)
‘Why I?’ responded
‘Because you were probably breast feed until you were at least four years old. That’s what helped make your jaw nice and healthy.’
‘No doc, you’re wrong, mom breast fed me until I was almost 5.’