The entirely-fabricated-by-the-press Mommy Wars are newly aflame with this week’s Time Magazine cover: a picture of a 4-year-old standing on a chair so that he might stand comfortably and eye the camera while suckling his sexy mother.
“Are You Mom Enough?”the cover blares, and I’m not sure what they mean by that. Am I Mom Enough to get my hair and makeup professionally done before I breastfeed standing up? Nope, and I think I can live with that.
This picture has nothing to do with what it’s actually like to breastfeed a child of any age; nor does it accurately represent what it’s like to see a mother actually breastfeeding in public (all the skin you’ll see then is a bit of wrinkly stomach flab under a T-shirt pulled up from the BOTTOM).
“It’s a Hot Mom/Young Son meme used as an illustration for a scare story,” said my friend Christen Clifford, herself a fierce advocate for breastfeeding as long as you darn well feel like it. I think she nailed it on the head, and that means we should all just ignore it– but instead we’ll be talking about it all this Mothers Day weekend, valuing shock value over honest discussion of women’s lives.
Clearly, Time did this to sell a few magazines, and sadly, they probably will. But I’m not buying a copy, and neither should anyone who really cares about mothers’ issues.
If Time wants our eyeballs and our dollars, here’s a few cover questions I think could really move some copies:
–WHY CAN’T WE GET OVER OUR BREASTFEEDING HANGUPS, WHICH ARE TRUTHFULLY FAR CREEPIER THAN BREASTFEEDING?
–WHY DO MOST PEOPLE THINK STAY-AT-HOME MOTHERS DON’T “REALLY” WORK?
–WHY DO WE INSIST ON MAKING UP A FIGHT BETWEEN WORKING MOTHERS AND STAY-AT-HOME MOTHERS THAT DOESN’T EXIST?
–WHY ARE WE OKAY WITH WOMEN MAKING 77 CENTS TO A MAN’S DOLLAR IN 2012?
Those I’d buy. You don’t have to trick me into being interested with a ridiculous photo, either. On those questions, most of us mothers are already pretty engaged.
Anything you’d add to that list? Will you buy this week’s Time?