Skip to comments.TIME Cover Offends Feminists... Because the Breastfeeding Mom is Too Pretty
Posted on 05/15/2012 12:56:35 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: The TIME Magazine cover with the 26-year-old mother and the three-year-old baby -- well, three-year-old boy. She was breast-feeding in this TIME Magazine cover. And, by the way, we here at the EIB Network were the first with the parody covers of TIME Magazine. We had the boy breast-feeding off the breast of the Statue of Liberty. And now there have been others. Obama breast-feeding from George Clooney is a very popular one out there. Obama as the young boy. But here, you have to hear this sound bite. This Melinda Henneberger. Now, Melinda Henneberger I think used to be at Newsweek, maybe it was TIME, one of the two. Does it really matter?
She was on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. She's a columnist for the Washington Post now. I think she's gone back and forth at the Huffing and Puffington Post. During the roundtable of Face the Nation yesterday, Bob Schieffer asked Melinda Henneberger, who, Melinda Henneberger is a classic inside the Beltway feminist, classic professional feminist. You know what that means. So Schieffer said, "I just want to ask you all about something because it's what everybody's talking about. The cover of TIME Magazine, the young mother breast-feeding her three-year-old boy. Melinda, what do you think of that?"
HENNEBERGER: It's not a Mother's Day gift to most of us to have another message that says, "You're not mom enough if you don't look like this terrific-looking woman." And the story's not even about breast-feeding. It's about a 72-year-old doctor, and I'm sure that they were right, that this woman looks far better than he, but the story is about this doctor who has many more views on how to be the right kind of mom versus the wrong kind of mom, and I think the timing of it was odd.
RUSH: It's not working with these feminist women. See, TIME Magazine blew it. You know why it's not working with the feminist women? Because the woman on the cover of TIME Magazine was too pretty. I call your attention once again to Undeniable Truth of Life Number 24. Dare I speak it again? Brian's nodding his head yes. Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream. Here is Melinda Henneberger, who's somewhat trying to be funny here, but in all comedy, there is a grain of truth, and she's quite upset. And, believe me, she speaks for the Maureen Dowds of the world and the Gloria Borgers, the whole crowd.
The TIME Magazine cover, you're not mom enough if you don't look like this terrific-looking woman. She's upset that the woman on the cover of TIME was too pretty, was too attractive. Not the concept, but that she was too pretty. Embarrassed all these other women by having a woman on the cover that's too pretty. Should have had somebody not as pretty on the cover and then it would have been more effective. I'm dead serious. Now, who is it among us that makes these kinds of judgments? We get criticized for being sexists and bigots, misogynists or whatever, but you listen to these women talk about each other and themselves, and it's hilarious. Then she goes on to attack the whole story. And this was a story designed to appeal to women on behalf of Obama and the War on Women, and the thing apparently has totally backfired.
That one is now stolen — priceless.
Some comedian said the following:
1. She does’nt not look like a mom, she looks like mom’s yoga instructor.
2. The boy is wearing camo’s, to hide the blowback he is going to get from schoolmates.
3. When the boy is a teenager, mom will not like any of his girlfriends.
4. Ultimately, the pair will be managing a cheap motel together, live in a Victorian on a hill and mom will really be a skeleton.
Substitue Helen Thomas’s pic in place of the lady, that’ll permanently remove this meme from the universe.
Well, with Helen, the kid wouldn’t have to stand on a chair.
I heard the boy was a month away from four. I found the cover insulting because I felt it was just to be controversial. I don’t care if some woman breasts-feeds til her kid is in college. But it does seem sick to me personally. The kid is obviously old enough to get his nutrition from real food.
Some idiot posted a few days ago that breast-feeding kids as old as toddlers, old enough to talk, was "the way humans lived up until the last 100 years or so." Yeah -- right! As if in the Pioneer American West or a middle-class 18th century European city or town, any toddler who ran up to his/her mom while she was busy working or perhaps socializing, and yanked down her shirt to nurse, would be tolerated.
And food for thought: what kind of response do you suppose we'd be seeing if instead of a three-year-old boy at the teat, it was a three-year-old girl? Hmmmmmmmmmmm?
Yeah, he could just lay on the floor and suck up!
Oh, kids were breastfed as toddlers in the 19th, early 20th century. Read some fiction like a “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” which has a classic chapter on a little brat who refuses to be weaned.
A lot of the breastfeeding had to do with not becoming pregnant.
And I’ll never forget Zelda Fitzgerald’s remark that she was breastfed until “she could chew sticks.” That would have been around 1905.
I hate this photo. It is in very bad taste and will cause that dumb kid a life of heartache.
Now that’s a new one, (and a good one) I haven’t seen this one yet
Has anyone done the back ground on this photo.
Are they ^really^ mother and child? Does “daddy” have any opinion or is he just comfortable sitting in his growth medium?
I should know this but who’s the sucker?
I should know this but who’s the sucker?
blowback my rear end. Mom’s hot, all his male friends are envious.
Do I really need to quote Laz here?
There is a family story about my great-grand-father who lived in Eastern Tennessee. One day strangers visited the house (a very unusual circumstance). He was 4 or 5 years old at the time. He grabbed his mother's skirts and pulled her behind a door and said, "Hey Ma, give me a swig or two." This was for reassurance.
He was not stifled or weird and became a school-master. He finished raising four children alone after his wife died in the horrible flu pandemic of 1918.
Discreet public breastfeeding of a babe in arms is one thing. Allowing a 3-year-old to bully a woman into exposing herself in public was probably as indicative of bad priorities then as it is now.
See my post #19. :^)
I think 0dumb0sh_t really stepped into it with gay outing announcement. I know that Romney will not have the guts to mock 0dumb0 on this, so I hope the conservative super pacs just pound 0dumb0 daily on his gay-ness & agenda.
I agree that public breastfeeding was probably very discreet in the past - especially in Anglo-Saxon cultures. In fact, during my years of interest in fashion, I remember seeing many beautiful bibs for concealing women’s breasts.
As far as the American West (and agricultural life in general) is concerned, one of the reasons they had big families was to aid in the taking care of those crucial chores. It probably freed up some of mom’s time to feed her kiddies.
If I can recommend another book to you about this: try a beautiful book called “Larkrise to Candleford.” It’s about rural life in England during the 1880s. One of the most wonderful books I have ever read.
But I guess we can agree that the Time cover was disgusting!
Ah, the terrible flu epidemic! My very favorite novel - “Look Homeward Angel” concludes with that horrible event. While I don’t remember any discussion of breastfeeding in that book, I do remember the mother had about 10 kids and was exhausted most of the time!
I own “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”. It’s one of my all-time favorite books- and it was the first thing that I thought of when I saw the Time cover: a child nursing standing up, “with his legs crossed jauntily, looking like he was smoking a pale cigar”. Lol! Good call, mm!
When I first read the book (I was about 13), I was sooooo grossed out at that child! Come to think of it, I still dislike him. He was called Baby Gussie or Tilly or something.
I read “Lark Rise to Candleford” on your recommendation. It was worth the wait on the library reserve list.
I’ve nursed some of my children until they were two years old, but only a few people outside the family knew, because by that age, they want to nurse when they get up in the morning, at naptime, and before bed. Women who make an exhibition of breastfeeding are exhibitionists anyway, in my opinion.
Mom is a transracial family crusader
I love breastfeeding......adored wifeys plumpkins
But that photo is freaky.....and she is no conservative icon
Did you really like it? I remember recommending it to you! It’s very beautiful as well as being entertaining. A classic.
I have a good friend who has two kiddies. When she visits our small family, she quietly retires to one of our rooms to feed her new baby. No fuss, no muss. She has real class.
He WAS a nasty little bugger, wasn’t he? :-) His name was Gussie ( and the trick to wean him was referred to in the neighborhood as “giving the baby the Gussie” ), and his little sister was Tillie. I need to re-read that book, for the hundredth time. Have a good evening, mm!
Yes, it was a wonderful book, with marvelous detail about rural and small-town life. Many episodes reminded me of my father’s old hometown in Missouri; my grandmother would have felt right at home in Lark Rise. I felt so bad about the narrator’s brother, though.
I have a “nursing cover,” which is a sort of apron with a strap around the neck, like Juan Diego’s tilma. I got it free when I ordered a pillow and a footstool, before Kathleen was born, but it has turned out to be very useful. With that and my Motherwear blouses, nobody sees anything unless they try awfully hard.
One when Kathleen was a few weeks old, I was nursing her in my obstetrician’s waiting room - her face and my bosom completely covered - and another patient asked if she was my grandchild!
The feminists wanted this woman to model as the mom but she was too busy.
In context of my post...
are you saying she is your wife and your son?
I wait to be enlightened/corrected.
>> “Some comedian said the following:” <<
Tell him not to quit his day job.
melinda looks like she might be a hottie.
It's not needed for nutrition, it becomes a habit (perverted IMHO), and the boys struggle to become independent “men”. Teeth - it's nature's (God's) way of telling when it's time to change direction and nutrition.
I just realized I left our the pic on my post #31. This is the woman the fems wanted for the Time cover.
I was answering your question has anyone done background on this young mom?
She is a lib....major progressive and mentally unbalanced in my opinion.
Crows about her transracial family...she adopts African kids....fair enough...save the world and all but don’t flag it for the MLK humanitarian of the year award
She plans on breastfeeding till age six which is kooky as hell..and maybe a bit perv
and she has the kids sleep in her bed every night even longer...like way longer
sick in my opinion
a great way to breed more queers
my other point was I like breastfeeding and plump even if leaky breasts...hell what man doesn’t and I think it’s beautiful for babies...the whole pregnancy-birthpbaby thing is for me a Raison D’etre
but this chick is a nutbag and to watch conservative yet uninformed women latch onto her is scary
feminism invades traditional mommying is how I see it
women further emasculating boys
you should read up on this trend
in 20 years these men will not know how to drive a car and won’t be able to find jeans tight enough
sorta like young men today but worse
i swear if i see another able bodied 30 year old man being driven around by his wife...I may have road rage
how did this happen...are all the cool young men in Afghanistan?
I love breast feeding moms, too...and was one myself...but this lady, and movement, is too creepy even for me.