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University of Sydney experts debate 'that' Time magazine cover


17 May 2012

The controversial Time magazine cover.
The controversial Time magazine cover.

A recent Time magazine, featuring a stylised cover shot of a young woman breastfeeding her three-year-old, has caused a storm of controversy. University of Sydney academics Fiona Giles, Marc de Rosnay and Deborah Lupton consider the image and the article.


Fiona Giles, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications

"The media storm surrounding Time magazine's recent cover featuring a three-year-old boy breastfeeding while standing on a chair, indicates how important it is for more images of breastfeeding to be circulated in the media - and for more of these images to be striking and diverse."

Read the full article: 'Why does it hurt to look at a woman breastfeeding?', The Conversation, 17 May 2012


Deborah Lupton, Honorary Associate, Department of Sociology and Social Policy

"I trawled through the blogosphere for commentaries and responses to the magazine cover. Two issues were constantly raised. The first was the idea that Grumet was subjecting her son to future embarrassment and humiliation by allowing the image of him suckling at her breast to appear on the cover. People argued that this boy would live to regret his public appearance as a breastfeeding child."

Read the full story: 'Extreme parenting, Time magazine style', The Conversation, 17 May 2012


Marc de Rosnay, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

"Breastfeeding generally falls under the jurisdiction of mothers, so I decided to ask a group of mothers I see regularly on Saturday morning what they thought of the recent Time magazine cover portraying an attractive young woman, hand on hip, staring down the camera while her passive three-year-old dressed in cargo pants stands on a chair and suckles from her exposed left breast. What they told me was deeply reassuring. "

Read the full story: 'What's wrong with this picture?', The Conversation, 17 May 2012


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