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TIME Cover Offends Feminists... Because the Breastfeeding Mom is Too Pretty
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 05/15/2012 12:56:35 PM PDT by Kaslin

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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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: beauty; feminists; motherhood; timemag

1 posted on 05/15/2012 12:56:36 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 05/15/2012 12:58:57 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 05/15/2012 12:59:56 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: mbarker12474

That one is now stolen — priceless.


4 posted on 05/15/2012 1:02:48 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: Kaslin

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.


5 posted on 05/15/2012 1:05:04 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Kaslin

Substitue Helen Thomas’s pic in place of the lady, that’ll permanently remove this meme from the universe.

Forever.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 1:13:04 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Well, with Helen, the kid wouldn’t have to stand on a chair.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 1:15:24 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kaslin

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.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 1:25:46 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin
Yeah -- not because the breast-feeding mom is allowing herself to be treated like a vending machine by a child perfectly capable of getting the same nutrition from a source much more convenient for the mother.

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?

9 posted on 05/15/2012 1:26:23 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Well, with Helen, the kid wouldn’t have to stand on a chair.

Yeah, he could just lay on the floor and suck up!

10 posted on 05/15/2012 1:34:47 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Finny

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.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 1:35:45 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: mbarker12474

Now that’s a new one, (and a good one) I haven’t seen this one yet


12 posted on 05/15/2012 1:36:18 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

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?


13 posted on 05/15/2012 1:45:49 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: mbarker12474

I should know this but who’s the sucker?


14 posted on 05/15/2012 1:56:40 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: mbarker12474

I should know this but who’s the sucker?


15 posted on 05/15/2012 1:56:48 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: cicero2k

blowback my rear end. Mom’s hot, all his male friends are envious.

Do I really need to quote Laz here?


16 posted on 05/15/2012 3:29:22 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: cicero2k

17 posted on 05/15/2012 3:39:23 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: miss marmelstein; Finny
Absolutely agree with every point, MM. Yes, toddlers were nursed, and they retired to another room and/or used a covering (did not show the breast). When one nurses toddlers it is not relevant what gender they happen to be.

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.

18 posted on 05/15/2012 3:52:16 PM PDT by 22cal (Forgiven, not perfected)
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To: miss marmelstein
Good post -- I hadn't thought of the advantages of breasteeding in order to avoid pregnancy! I just re-read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year, A very moving and informative book. Even there, though, it boils down to the parent lacking the moxie to exercise proper discipline of the kid. And somehow, I doubt very much that toddler breastfeeding was common or accepted in public places. Certainly in the days and circles of Jane Austen, in the early 1800s, public breastfeeding would have been vulgar beyond words. And again, in the Pioneer West, where women were busy with crucial chores from morning 'til night, I imagine it was a slovenly mother who would tolerate it, and an exhibitionist who would breastfeed toddlers in public, when standards of modesty were much more strict than today.

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.

19 posted on 05/15/2012 3:55:02 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: 22cal

See my post #19. :^)


20 posted on 05/15/2012 3:56:25 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: mbarker12474
Posts #2 & #3. CLASSC! Especially #2. I would love 300 million post cards of this sent out, either the added caption...."Is THIS who you want as YOUR president?"

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.

21 posted on 05/15/2012 3:57:24 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Finny

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!


22 posted on 05/15/2012 4:10:13 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 22cal

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!


23 posted on 05/15/2012 4:13:45 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

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!


24 posted on 05/15/2012 4:14:44 PM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: SoKatt

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.


25 posted on 05/15/2012 4:24:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 4:25:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Remember our veterans, today and every day!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Mom is a transracial family crusader

I love breastfeeding......adored wifeys plumpkins

But that photo is freaky.....and she is no conservative icon


27 posted on 05/15/2012 4:30:05 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Tax-chick

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.


28 posted on 05/15/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

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!


29 posted on 05/15/2012 5:06:13 PM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: miss marmelstein

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!


30 posted on 05/15/2012 5:14:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Remember our veterans, today and every day!)
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To: Kaslin

The feminists wanted this woman to model as the mom but she was too busy.

31 posted on 05/15/2012 5:25:29 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: wardaddy

Dude...

In context of my post...

are you saying she is your wife and your son?

I wait to be enlightened/corrected.


32 posted on 05/15/2012 5:26:43 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: cicero2k

>> “Some comedian said the following:” <<

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Tell him not to quit his day job.
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33 posted on 05/15/2012 5:33:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Kaslin

melinda looks like she might be a hottie.


34 posted on 05/15/2012 5:36:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Kaslin
When the baby has teeth, he's a boy. Don't let boys “nurse”.

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.

35 posted on 05/15/2012 11:16:52 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Kaslin

I just realized I left our the pic on my post #31. This is the woman the fems wanted for the Time cover.

36 posted on 05/16/2012 2:08:40 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; dixiechick2000; Black Agnes; mrsmel; Twink; Travis McGee; Squantos

I was answering your question has anyone done background on this young mom?

I have.

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

attachment parenting

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?


37 posted on 05/16/2012 8:08:38 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: wardaddy
Farragut was 12 years old when, during the War of 1812, he was given the assignment to bring a ship captured by the USS Essex, safely to port. He was wounded and captured while serving on the Essex during the engagement at Valparaiso Bay, Chile against the British on March 28, 1814.

Somehow I doubt this man was still breastfeeding at the age of 3 or 4. No wonder "30 is the new 20" , "Peter Pan syndrome" amd all that, these days. There didn't used to be such a thing as a separate age group called "teenagers". First you were a child, then you put away childish things and became a man. These days grown men amd women have "toys".
38 posted on 05/16/2012 6:37:45 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: wardaddy

I love breast feeding moms, too...and was one myself...but this lady, and movement, is too creepy even for me.


39 posted on 05/17/2012 11:42:01 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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