Offensive and Disgusting?

Another example of why I think plague and pestilence can’t be far behind. A recent cover of BabyTalk magazine featured an image of a baby breastfeeding. As you can see from the photo, this is clearly “offensive” and “disgusting.” Well, at least that’s what about 25% of the readers who responded to the poll thought. In my opinion, their responses were, for the most part, offensive and disgusting. Here’s a sampling:

“I was offended and it made my husband very uncomfortable when I left the magazine on the coffee table.”

“Gross, I am sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob.”

“I had to rip off the cover since I didn’t want it laying around the house.”

[Comment: Am I the only one who wants to smack these people?]

Lisa Moran, executive editor of the magazine, appears to be the only person making any sense on the issue. Moran said, “You see celebrities practically baring their breasts all the time and no one seems to mind in this sort of sexual context. But in this very natural context of feeding your child, a lot of Americans are very uncomfortable with it.”

That buzzing sound you hear? Probably locusts.

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7 Comments

  1. This is a cultural problem. Many believe that if you do not show naked women/men or do not talk about sex somehow that will diminish promiscuity. Personally I think that our fobia with sex actually increases the fascination and resulting unwanted pregnacies/bad marriages/sexual predators.Please explain to me how a baby breast-feeding can be gross to anyone and if the one lady’s husband was uncomfortable at seeing a baby breast-feed it probably was because he was terrified at the idea of having a child with her [shivers].

  2. Breastfeeding is not only natural but imo it’s a beautiful thing. I think people are afraid if they admit to finding something like that beautiful or natural or whatever that society with label them as pedophiles. Hey our society is messed up; wouldn’t surprise me.

  3. Nurse Practitioners Save Lives August 10, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    I breastfed my youngest son and it was a wonderful experience that we both will remember forever. It is a natural thing and shouldn’t be thought of as gross. It’s sad that we can show women’s breasts in a sexual way but not in the way they were intended.

  4. It’s when women do it in public that its awkward and uncomfortable. Like when Im walking through the mall, I dont want to see a woman with a saggy boob with a baby hanging off the end in the middle of the food court. It should be private.hickey

  5. It’s when women do it in public that its awkward and uncomfortable. Like when Im walking through the mall, I dont want to see a woman with a saggy boob with a baby hanging off the end in the middle of the food court. It should be private.hickey

  6. No Jim, you are not the only one who’s frustrated with the incredible hypocrisy of this country’s citizenry.

  7. Dina Vangrieken August 20, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    can not believe people in the USA find that offensive. I am from Belgium (europe) and for us breats are something normal. We even go topless to the beach and if woman breastfeed in public we will show her respect by not starring. How can a man get frustrated seeing a baby get what nature is all about. Gosh every Us magazine talks about implants and size. But feeding a baby is disturbing?!!

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