Breast Feeding Time Magazine
We at Critical Pages always thought we were keeping current. We figured we were in the swim with the rest of the culture. We supposed we knew society, its older conventions and its newer, younger ways of doing things. But, OK, we were startled by this cover of Time magazine. I mean, TIME magazine!
The cover photo is certainly eye-catching. The striking young woman in those stylish black leggings is Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother, breast feeding her three-year-soon-to-be-four-year-old son. The mother has a blog called I am not the baby sitter which crashed upon publication of the Time magazine cover. In her Time magazine interview, Grumet says that she herself was breastfed until she was six. Clearly we’ve not been keeping up with nutritional trends.
This might bring to mind the protracted breast-fed youngster in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, the kid who was nicknamed all his life as Milkman. But, no. This isn’t literature, it’s science. And it isn’t nutrition so much as psychology. And psychology is more or less a science. Well, sort of. Maybe you’ve heard about Dr. William Sears and his wife, the nurse Martha, and their books on “attachment parenting.” As we understand it, attachment parenting means getting close to your baby, as much of the time as possible for as long as possible. Bring the kid to bed with you. It builds confidence in the child, we’re told. OK, we’re cool with all that. Every happy family is happy in its own way. We were just startled by the magazine cover, is all. And only for a moment. We’re cool.
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Eugene Mirabelli writes most of the posts here. In addition to his mainstream literary novels, he also writes fantasy tales and science fiction - admittedly a shameful pleasure. His story, "The Shore at the Edge of the World," which first appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, was recently reprinted in China in their dominant Science Fiction magazine, SF World. If you know Chinese and can get your hands on a copy, you're in luck.
Elsewhere on Critical Pages home page we have a post about an exhibit of photographs from the Golden Age of porn movies. And that leads us to The Passion of Terri Heart, a novel about a young woman who acts in porn films, gives birth to a fatherless child, and thinks of herself as a sacred mother, the Mother of Milk and Honey. Check it out.