What has piqued your sociopolitical media interests lately? Please share your bouquets and brickbats.
[…] I’ve really had it with sensationalist attempts to fuel the mommy wars. All mothers are criticized for how they feed their babies no matter what choices they make.
Image credit. Remember this? A breastfeeding portrait of pornographer and feminist performance artist, Madison Young that led another pornographer to accuse her of exploiting and sexualising her baby? Well, Tracy Clark-Flory has just interviewed Madison Young over at Salon on the whole controversy. Why is the issue of sex and motherhood such a potent subject? People obviously have a lot… Read more →
Image credit. (Some Not Suitable For Work links included in this post). Not long after her baby was born, Madison Young, an adult actor – also an artist, film director, gallery director, and activist – put on an art show titled Becoming MILF at Femina Potens, a gallery she owns specialising in queer, trans and non-gender-binary art. In the show… Read more →
The Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 establishes breastfeeding as a separate discrimination grounds; includes provisions about discrimination based on family responsibilities; and strengthens and extends sexual harassment provisions.
The longitudinal television program Life at 5, following from Life at 1 and Life at 3, is now showing. The whole thing has my Hoyden antenna up a bit, so I am going to post a few discussions of some of the aspects of the show I was less impressed by. Today: breastfeeding.
This is part of our December slowdown Blast From The Past reposting program. This post was originally published May 2nd, 2007.
I’ve been contemplating this post: The Male Gaze… falls upon a Nursing Mother…. by Morgan Gallagher. I think there’s an important truth in there, something feminists find themselves saying over and over and over again: “It’s not about you.”
People ask search engines the damnedest things: what can we do except help out as best we can?
My attitude to the vast bulk of elections, including the 2010 Federal election, is “I don’t like any of this, please get me out of here”. I usually intend to make an informed decision based on policies and then have trouble even following the news coverage. So, in the spirit of public acts helping enforce private commitments, I’m going to… Read more →
I’ve blogged before about the fight to get breastfeeding included in Western Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation. That fight is logged below – now, for purely historical reasons! Because today, finally, the Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill 2009 passed the Upper House of WA Parliament. One chap from the Nationals did insist on getting a little harrumph in: Nationals MP Max Trenorden said… Read more →
Remember the protests in Perth last year about Premier Barnett’s party failing to bring WA into line with the rest of Australia with laws protecting breastfeeding families from harassment? In which Barnett insisted that there would be no need for a law if only women were “courteous” and “modest”? Even after a woman was ejected from a restaurant for merely… Read more →
GMTV sparks breastfeeding row “GMTV has reportedly sparked complaints to media regulator Ofcom after a programme expert claimed that breast milk can be “as bad as cola”. Midwife Clare Byam-Cook made the remark yesterday while being interviewed on air by Lorraine Kelly, The Mirror reports. She is quoted as saying: “Breast milk beyond the age of 2 isn’t necessarily good… Read more →
A very heartfelt yet also very antagonistic column from one mother who was unable to breastfeed her child, and who is hugely unimpressed by the National Breastfeeding Strategy announced last week.
Complete with the infantilising headline we’ve come to expect from Fairfax media, Asher Moses has written up the ongoing #nestlefamily incident: “Mummy bloggers spit the dummy over Nestle’s spoilt milk” First, Nestlé hung its bloggers out to dry, leaving them to deal – very, very badly – with the PR disaster they co-created. Nestlé then changed its tune and decided… Read more →