5 Sept 2009 – Notes on the breast picture
September 6, 2009 § 5 Comments
1. Earlier this week we published a note called Adventures in Weaning: Cold Turkey in the Great American Desert.
2.I had to make an editorial choice–run this picture that I knew would be polemical, especially with the caption “How is a boy to leave this?” or not run it.
3.When I saw the picture my thoughts were ‘damn she’s beautiful. . .she looks so peaceful. . .and she looks so tough. . . what kind of drumbeats are playing in the background?’
4. I wasn’t breastfed as a child.
5. Mom told me “it was my instinct to do it, but the doctors at the time told us formula was better. They said it was unsanitary.”
6. I’ve been obsessed with breasts ever since the 4th grade when Lorrie Haddock’s swelled like waves out of the nowhere.
7. I decided to publish the photo because the note and the writing felt honest, and the caption felt honest to me in some ways as well. How is a baby supposed to give it up? No matter what age it has to be difficult.
8. Lau’s first issue with the photo was that it was ‘sexualizing’ an image of someone from a different culture, exploiting them essentially.
9. Her second issue was that the baby didn’t have volition to “give it up” but was forced to give it up. Also, the age at which the zulu children gave it up wasn’t mentioned.
10. She said that the whole thing seemed ‘poco matador’.
11. I feel like sometimes all I can do is take notes.
12. After the 6th grade dance our whole middle school class walked over to Pizza Hut where we had this all time epic food fight. In the middle of it all, while kids were throwing pizza at each other, this one guy Chris Canard was laughing and cupping Lorrie Haddock’s tits. Then he asked her to set them down on top of the red and white vinyl tablecloth and she did. At the time I was thinking ‘this is so sweet.’
13. Lau’s right, I know. I shouldn’t have run the picture.
14. I wonder what the zulu girl’s name is.