This week Time magazine created a storm by having a nursing mother on its cover to highlight a story about attachment parenting. Some people lost their minds over the picture that was not obscene unless you think a mother nursing their child is obscene. A celebrity tabloid TV show, not known for general decorum in their stories seemed to find something it wouldn’t hype. The show censored the Time cover, pixelizating the point where the child is suckling. What drama over a natural human behavior.
The celebrity TV show “The Insider” had a couple of stories on the Time cover and the “debate” about it. However, every time the image of the cover was shown – even on video from other TV shows, the cover was censored. It was pixelizated at the point the child was suckling.
Screencap of censored cover:
Here is a larger version of the uncensored cover (click on the image to view the full sized cover):
I understand that some people don’t agree with breastfeeding a child who is three years old or more but to censor a photo that wasn’t obscene is ridiculous. There was no nudity shown.
Women’s breasts aren’t automatically obscene so adding the pixelization actually is being judgmental by saying that “yes, this is not appropriate” without allowing for the viewer or reader to decide.
My guess is that people who get the vapors over public breastfeeding are the same ones who are upset by gay people. They have some hidden kink about breastfeeding and seeing images or seeing it in public tends to crank them up.
Breastfeeding is a natural behavior and should be celebrated and encouraged – not hidden by censorship.