I can’t remember where I first saw this story, but it’s been featured on several blogs. Apparently, babytalk magazine featured a nursing infant on the cover of their current issue. What’s more, the infant was attached to a visible breast. Readers were appalled, as shown in the following quote:
“I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine.”
Conservatives object to breasts exposed in the context of breastfeeding for reasons that run along the lines of “Because breasts are dirty“. Conservatives do a great job of compartmentalizing and condemning the female body. Liberals object to the conservatives’ “prudish” perspective and express wonder that anyone would be offended.
Why is everyone missing the point? In our society, breasts have been completely co-opted for heterosexual men’s pleasure. (Reminder: only heterosexual men matter in our society.) Breasts are for arousing and getting men off. Look at this quote:
“There is a real puritanical streak in America,” Moran told AFP. “You see celebrities practically baring their breasts all the time and no one seems to mind in this sort of sexual context.
“But in this very natural context of feeding your child, a lot of Americans are very uncomfortable with it.”
Moran is right on both counts. Of course this viewpoint is ridiculous, not to mention sick. But it is an accurate reflection of how things are in society. We don’t object to women showing skin as long as they do it in a sexually provocative manner. Women showing part or all of their breasts in a way that gives hetero men erections are following the dictates of their assigned roles, even serving with distinction!
But let a women expose a breast to feed her child, and the sanctions come out. Why is anyone surprised by this? Protests come not just from discomfort with nudity. Breastfeeding violates what breasts are for. I’ll restate the fact: breasts exist for the sexual pleasure of heterosexual men. So it should be no surprise that we only object to displaying breasts when it’s a baby’s satisfaction at stake.
Think I’m wrong? Have a look around the liberal blogosphere. Check out the comments made by male liberals. In addition to condemning the prudishness of Americans, men were compelled to state just how lovely that breast on the cover of babytalk is-so perky, so full. One man even expressed envy, oh how he’d love to be that baby!
See? Breastfeeding is acceptable if the boob in question makes men hard.