Friday, July 28, 2006

Breastfeeding Pic... the Controversy?

More about sin in the furniture aisle to come. But how about the Baby Talk Magazine breastfeeding photograph controversy? It actually made headlines yesterday on MSNBC.com. Seems people are in an uproar over the August cover which features a cute little nursing infant on a mother's breast. People quoted on MSNBC.com talked of being grossed out and offended. Some lady took one look at it and just had to flip it over.

Help me with this. Because I just don't understand.

We live in a culture that doesn't bat an eye at celebrities who skip about in clothing that resembles dental floss. My Sunday paper is fat with circulars that feature women in sexy underwear. Pamela Anderson goes up and down and up again and it's everywhere.

But whoa to the baby magazine that showcases... brace yourself for this: a breastfeeder.

I think there's a larger issue here...

Hmmm... comments anyone?

8 comments:

Melissa Hassell said...

Hey Sarah-
Your blog is great. The furniture story is SO funny. Keep up the good work!!

Melissa

Anonymous said...

What can one say? We have become a nation obsessed with sex, and yet we cannot talk about it, especially to our children. So instead we let the media educate them on sex, violence what to buy, how to dress…. What would happen if they found out the truth that women actually breast feed their babies? What would this do to their moral development? Maybe if they had healthy moral input and the truth they would grow up as well adjusted adults, but instead we let them watch sex and violence in television, movies, and video games.
We have become a world that finds the natural obscene and find the obscene to be commonplace. We have desensitized ourselves to the worst offenses of mankind and obliterated our minds with violence and obscenity then we cry out in despair to God asking why when the world replicates the media.
By participating in the media we are asking for more of the same, do we deserve the results we get when we participate in the madness of it all? Art (for lack of better terms) mimics life or has life begun to mimic art.
We have Forgotten the television has a on and off button. You don’t have to subscribe to cable – satellite television the news paper; magazines or what main stream commercialism says we can’t live without. We can even educate our own children in what’s healthy morally and mentally. We also have the choice of what to put into our minds and our children’s minds. Garbage in Garbage out applies to our minds as well as our bodies.
Then again why should anything make sense when we complain about the price of gas, but then drive to Starbucks and pay 5 dollars for 12 ounces of coffee? (Figure out the price per gallon)

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Anonymous said...

"We have become a world that finds the natural obscene and find the obscene to be commonplace."

That really does make you think, doesn't it...

Jamey said...

I'm raising 2 girls and trying to teach them the importance of modesty while trying to fingernail hang on to the value of motherhood and "society" flinches at the site of breastfeeding? I want my girls to feel comfortable with their bodies (I am going to have "the talk" with my 9 yr old before school starts) but not comfortable with being "comfortable" around others' bodies. Even the Disney channel has young girls in belly tops with clevage. TV is impossible. Even my lines get blurred to what is and isn't ok, modest and appropriate for a 38 yr old - let alone a 9 year old.

Amy Fanning said...

I am always gobsmacked by the public reactions to breastfeeding...most recently I remember a woman asked to breastfeed in the bathroom at a Starbucks near my home. That caused a furor on my Moms' listserv, mostly in support of the mother. There is the occasional lurker, however, who de-lurks to make an intense, poorly argued case for not breastfeeding in public (or taking photos of it, etc.).

I am by no means a physically confident person. I don't wear skimpy clothing and I don't show off any part of my body. The breasts? Seen much better days. That said, when I nursed my daughter (in public, at Starbucks even, so there!) I felt magnificent. I was in awe of God's design and the fact that I was keeping another human being alive with this beautiful act. I was always modest and respectful, but I refused to breastfeed her in bathrooms. And I wouldn't still.

I raise my hat to women who celebrate one of the greatest gifts we as Mothers have been given, and that we can pass on to our children. Fie to the complainers, I say.

For more celebration of women's bodies, speficially those that have been changed by motherhood, check out http://shapeofamother.blogspot.com/. It's tremendous. Warning: MANY pictures of breastfeeding included...

Cheers, Sarah, on what will be a very thoughtful and well-read blog!

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Amy... you writer you... you need a blog!

Jamey... I don't know if it's the media influencing culture or culture reflected in the media. But whatever the source, it's a daily battle for the hearts and minds of our children, isn't it. This won't help you because you have girls (sorry)... but anyone out there with pre-adolescent boys... Todd read a book called Point Man (Steve Farrar) which was helpful in planning for the "talk."

Hi Melissa :)

Donna said...

This is very indicative of what has gone wrong in our society. I watch the behaviors of teens in a high school setting all the time. There is little end to what they will do to win attention from the opposite sex.....right down to sending a nude photo in a picture text on a phone...how do you think a young guy reacts to flipping open his phone and finding a classmate posing nude for him? BUT....go into a sex-ed session where the teacher is trying to have an open and honest discussion and they giggle, blush and make light of everything being said.

Whenever I see a mom nursing her child, I am always reminded of the special bond I experienced when I nursed my own children and I applaud the moms who value the special gift we can give to our infant children.

Until our society gets a good dose of values clarification and gains a deeper spiritual connection, I am affraid that things are not going to change a great deal.

How unfortunate.

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Donna... thanks for the post. Your pictures-on-the-phone story is just outrageous. It's good for parents to be aware of these antics so we can go forward with eyes open. (But it sounds like my boys may need to keep their own eyes shut!) Unbelievable...