Time Magazine’s ‘Provocative’ Cover Sparks Mommy Debates

The headline reads, “Are You Mom enough?” But if that wasn’t enough to fan the flames of the Mommy Wars, there’s the photo that goes with it: A pretty young woman wearing skinny jeans and a tank top, nursing her nearly 4-year-old son.

It’s meant to illustrate a story about Dr. William Sears and attachment parenting but, given that there’s more to that movement than extended breastfeeding, it seems as if Time magazine was going for sensationalism and shock value. It’s working.

“As a pediatrician, I believe that every mother should breastfeed her child for at least six months, preferably a year (even longer if they like),” KP.MD commented. “This, however, is extreme. And the photograph — everything about its composition – sends a message that I find tasteless and more than a little disturbing.”

Photographer Martin Schoeller says that the photo, as well as the portraits he shot of other attachment parenting moms nursing their kids, was inspired by the iconic religious image of the Madonna and Child. The boy on the cover is standing on a chair, which makes him look both taller and older — a technique that Schoeller says he used to underscore how unusual extended breastfeeding can seem. Though plenty of people seem to think that Time has gone to far — The Atlantic Wire called the cover “PG-13″ and The Right Scoop describes it as “seriously NSFW” and “soft porn” — to others, the photo wasn’t the most offensive part.

“While this picture is gawk-tastic, I’m more disturbed by the title of the article. ‘Are You Mom Enough?'” Yahoo! reader Chrissy from Conroe, Texas, commented. “I’m sorry…’Mom Enough?’ So this woman is deemed more of a ‘mom’ simply because she chose to breastfeed her child until he was damn near as tall as she is?”

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Photos of ‘Beer-Slugging’ Hillary Clinton Causes Stir

Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut loose during her trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, partying at a local club early Sunday morning. And while the outing may be fairly typical of visitors to Latin American countries, photos showing Clinton dancing and throwing back a bottle of beer proved too irresistible for the tabloid press.

According to the New York Post, Clinton arrived at Cartagena’s Cafe Havana with a dozen female aides just after midnight: “Clinton quickly proved she’s just a regular gal when it comes to drinking. She eschewed a glass and sucked down her Aguila pilsener cerveza straight from the bottle.”

According to a local paper cited by TMZ, Clinton and her party “ordered a dozen beers, two glasses of whiskey and bottles of water.” TMZ dubbed her the “Secretary of PARTYING.” Sadly, Clinton’s impromptu soiree lasted just half an hour. The photo landed on the Post’s front page. The headline: “SWILLARY.”

“Front page picture of ‘Swillary’ Clinton is brutally unfair,” Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush and current CNN analyst, wrote on Twitter. “She drank a beer at a summit meeting event. So what?” London’s Telegraph latched onto the photos, too. “Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?” the paper’s Niles Gardner asked in a blog post.

This is not the first time Hillary’s drinking on a diplomatic trip has been fodder for the press. In 2006, the New York Times relayed a 2004 anecdote about a vodka-drinking contest between Clinton and Sen. John McCain.

Did the Secretary of State display inappropriate partying behavior, or is the media just too judgemental? Let us know through your comments!

Source: Yahoo News

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