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This was printed in our local newspaper this morning in the opinion section.
"Push back: Americans are tolerant; however, not tolerant enough for the enlightened ones. So they push on us the Kardashians, foul language on prime-time TV. Now comes the sexual exploitation of a young child on the cover of the May 21 TIME magazine. Time to push back.
I'm shaking my head at the sexual exploitation part, and the fact that they actually printed it. I really wish they hadn't gone for the shock and awe photo on the cover. It only fuels those with no common sense.
Mitch and Marlena, proud parents to Devin, Liam, and Micah.
Team BLUE!! Two precious boys born on October 28th, 2013.
Liam - 6lbs 7oz
Micah - 6lbs 10oz
The thing that bothers me is the intentional shock-value. I feel like it undermines the goal of normalizing breastfeeding when you portray it in its "extreme", and then imply that a woman is not "mom enough" if she isn't willing to go to that extreme herself.
I have no hang-ups about nursing a toddler, but even I felt embarrassed looking at that cover. I nurse through toddlerhood because I don't see a need to wean when both parties are willing and beneficial participants, not because of some in-your-face personal agenda.
I purchased the magazine in the airport this weekend. I wanted to read the article and see what it was about. Inside, it's ALL about Dr. Sears! All the pictures, most of the text. I was really confused why they selected that particular photo for an article on him?
__________________ Amy: Wife to my Handsome Husband Mommy to my superhero, Max (3) and Luckiest Bonus Mama to Sammy (5)