Readers Shocked, SHOCKED at Magazine’s Breast Cover
Posted on Jul 28, 2006
Puritanism is reigning supreme once again as many readers of BabyTalk magazine were offended en masse by the sight of—horror of horrors—a breast offering sustenance to an infant on the magazine’s cover.
“I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine,” one person wrote. “I immediately turned the magazine face down,” wrote another. “Gross,” said a third.
These readers weren’t complaining about a sexually explicit cover, but rather one of a baby nursing, on a wholesome parenting magazine—yet another sign that Americans are squeamish over the sight of a nursing breast, even as breast-feeding itself gains more support from the government and medical community.
Babytalk is a free magazine whose readership is overwhelmingly mothers of babies. Yet in a poll of more than 4,000 readers, a quarter of responses to the cover were negative, calling the photo a baby and part of a woman’s breast, in profile inappropriate.
From Baby Talk
If you’re reading this, it’s too late. You’ve already been exposed to the damaging sight of a breast performing its biologically intended function.