Time Magazine breastfeeding cover: A shocking 'stroke of genius.'" Brilliant. Just when we all thought the ennui was complete. What could possibly be left to say on the subject of motherhood? Tiger, French, Attached, Detached, Skinned Knee - we had heard it all. But somehow the sight of an attractive 26 year-old model (as in runway) mother nursing her three year-old son who is standing on a chair, managed to get everyone in a lather once more.
Or did it? Aside from a male friend who got a big laugh when he asked at dinner on Friday "Do you think that's really her kid?" everyone else we know has chalked it up to fringe believers lacking in decorum and a magazine looking for newsstand revenue. After all, how many average mothers have the luxury of making this choice in the first place? As we checked in with some of our favorite mainstream media parenting sites (Motherload, Huffington Post, The Juggle) none of these writers really had anything very heated to say about the whole thing either. Like most moderate mothers these writers seemed tired of the whole debate and probably needed to do something else like get some sleep, go to work, make dinner or write about someone with a real problem. Because, let's face it, having the luxury to choose whether you can make your bed and person completely available to a child for five years is a pretty high-class problem to have.
I would like to go on the record as saying I believe that the mothers in Time Magazine are exploiting their children for the sake of their own agenda and I feel sorry for those children that they will grow up with this notoriety.
If you are looking for a nice dose of sanity try this take on the whole silliness by Boston writer Kara Baskin.