These are apparently acceptable breasts.
Replace the bowler hat with a baby and these are apparently unacceptable breasts.
The photo moves from "artistic, sells product well, exactly the image we want" to "obscene."
You explain that to me because I do not get it.
The above ad was at the beginning of the current issue of Town & Country magazine. There has been no outrage. No outcry. No demands that it be removed and never again shown.
What a contrast to this image...
...which provoked an intense outcry, including demands that the cover be changed, similar images be banned, and a large protest from subscribers dropping their subscriptions in outrage.
And so began the War of the Breast.
Since then, MySpace, Facebook, Applebee's, and more (as you've all heard) have all protested "offensive" breasts: nursing breasts.
We're fine---seriously, have no problem---with breasts hanging out provocatively, breasts that solicit. But we are shocked and offended at the idea---because you certainly don't see much breast when it is at work feeding---that a breast is nursing.
I stand by my assertion that it is not about breasts; it is about breastfeeding.
Yes, this isn't new news. But I'm still appalled. And I felt it flare up again this weekend when I saw that Chanel ad, full-page, front and center of a popular magazine, and when I checked news services?
Not. One. Outcry.
Not. One. Protest.
Not one person demanding it be removed and never again run. Not one person leading an initiative for subscribers to cancel their subscriptions in protest.
Now that's an outrage.
Not because I personally protest the ad, but because of what it reflects about our culture:
Soliciting breasts: okay.
Provocative breasts: okay.
Feeding baby breasts: obscene.
Let's change that last answer, shall we, to the proper one; not just "okay" but "fine" and "beautiful" and "just the image we wanted it to be." Thanks.
Note: Hump Day tomorrow. As suggested last week, the topic is "The Journey," which is about any kind of trip you took ---whether around the world or just to the corner store---that imparted something meaningful to you. Maybe it was a vacation, maybe it was the path to and from the hospital when you became a parent, maybe it was something you realized while strolling through the park. The bottom line is...you left your home and came back enriched. Send me the link to your post---old or new---and I'll include you in the link list. Email it to j pippert at g mail dot com.
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