Did you hear about the controversy over THIS?
Naturally the country is outraged.
Up in arms, I dare say!
This is profane!
This is ludicrous!
This is just gross!
How dare Time magazine show a three year old still suckling from his mom?
Upon seeing the cover, I didn't even realize there was anything "controversial" about it. I had only two reactions: #1: What is all the fuss about? and #2: I hope I look that good when I'm breastfeeding.
I suppose my lack of outrage at the cover can be blamed on Argentina. Once you see breast feeding Argy style, nothing can shock you. I still remember the first time I watched a woman feed her child, three days after arriving in the country. There I was, nothing but an innocent 21 year old, trying to do good and help people make better decisions with their lives, and BANG! BREAST!
We were in the middle of a lesson on the plan of salvation- you know, resurrection, returning to God, etc. A child came up to his mom, pulled her shirt down and started to drink. I absolutely could not take my eyes off of it. I was riveted. Transfixed. Glued. My companion went on with the lesson, as if this was routine as brushing your teeth in the morning, teaching, talking, testifying. I just stared, open mouthed. When the kid was done, he ran away, leaving the mom completely exposed. She wasn't paying enough attention to what was going on to notice, and she sat there, bare breasted for the world to see for what seemed like hours.
There is no limit to the breastfeeding bananza down south. Women in Argentina feed their children whenever their children want it. There's no routine, no schedule. It's like a water fountain. The kid runs up for a quick drink, and then runs off to continue his playtime, like it ain't no thang. And you can forget blankets or waiting rooms or trying in any way to be modest. It is absolutely unheard of, just whip that thing out!
One time a lady pulled down her shirt for her six year old, who had just come home from school. Another time I watched the bishop's wife stand up to bear testimony at the pulpit, in the middle of church, with a babe attached to her bosom. Once I even saw a woman riding on the back of a motorcycle, holding one child in her lap while another held on through a scrumptious feeding.
I saw more breasts in those 18 months than I've seen clouds in the sky. And when I came back to the states and my own flesh and blood sister left the room to breast feed, I was shocked. What's the big idea?!? I wondered. Just feed the young one right here in front of us all!
So, no, I guess you could say the cover did not shock me.
What did YOU think of it?