Oooh, neat! They’re fomenting the Mommy Wars again.
I saw this yesterday, and I knew I had to take a break from microforests and landscapes and other fun nature stuff to talk about it. Because I think we can all agree that this cover begs us finally to address one critical question: Is it really safe to let your three-year old stand on a chair and nurse? What if he fell? Would he take part of her boob with him? Would he be hurt?
Kidding. No, the question I want discussed and answered is why Time magazine is so intent on preventing sensible discussion of important issues. Come on, this thing is classic trolling. There’s always someone ready and willing to feel superior to others, and those are the folks this cover is aimed at, because they’re the ones that will start the fight, on Twitter, on Facebook, on mommy forums. It hasn’t missed a single element in its quest to provoke skirmish: Mom, from Los Angeles, is classically beautiful and oh-so-thin. She has that hand-on-her-hip pose you see on models. Her little cami is casually pulled down to expose her left breast, to which is attached a three-year old boy. Emblazoned a short distance away is the taunt: ARE YOU MOM ENOUGH? Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks, Time!
This should be seen for the blatant overreach it is. This isn’t remotely subtle, folks. I do hope that most people will recognize that they are being trolled. But you know, some folks can’t resist the superiority candy, so they’ll hop right in with their contemptuous sneers and their sexist outrage, and we’ll be off to the races. But the most important thing about this cover isn’t that this gorgeous woman is breast-feeding a three-year old. The most important thing is that we see that’s not the most important thing.
Because there’s real harm to this crap. Real discussions about breastfeeding and the role of mothers in public society get torpedoed by this nonsense. Women end up sniping at each other instead of coming together to support each other in crafting meaningful solutions to difficult issues women face.
It almost makes you wonder whether that’s the point, doesn’t it?