Jocelyn Noveck of the AP has a great story on women and their reaction to this seemingly innocuous and wholesome magazine cover featuring a nursing infant.
A quarter of responses to the cover were negative, calling the photo – a baby and part of a woman’s breast, in profile – inappropriate.
One mother who didn’t like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it. “I shredded it,” said Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas, in a telephone interview. “A breast is a breast – it’s a sexual thing. He didn’t need to see that.“
It’s the same reason that Ash, 41, who nursed all three of her children, is cautious about breast-feeding in public – a subject of enormous debate among women, which has even spawned a new term: “lactivists,” meaning those who advocate for a woman’s right to nurse wherever she needs to.
“I’m totally supportive of it – I just don’t like the flashing,” she says. “I don’t want my son or husband to accidentally see a breast they didn’t want to see.“
She seems a little too concerned with “protecting” the men in her family from the sight of breasts (I’m sure they’re grateful). In fact, I would have liked to have seen more (any) men quoted in the story.
I fail to understand how the sight of a nursing baby could construed as “gross,” but no fewer than three women in the story apparently think so. Can anyone explain this to me? Do these women just hate their bodies or what?