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Wordless Wednesday

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter.

Photo Copyright Photographer Rachel Valley

Much of my work as a breastfeeding advocate/lawyer is about securing a right for mothers to be in public space. That means having a protected legal right to engage in the act of mothering in all the places people get to be. Mothers must own the public space along with all other citizens.

This striking photograph vividly represents the position breastfeeding women are forced into by a definition of public space that excludes mothers as mothers. In order to mother, she must hide in dark corners. Society views her as refuse – necessary but to be kept where no one has to look at it.

See other photos from this extraordinary exhibit on Facebook – at least until the areola police takes it down (see here and here).

So is the photograph shocking or beautiful or does it elicit some other response from you? Anyone ever make you feel like you should breastfeed by the dumpster?

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Comments (1)

I think that artistically it's a little heavy handed. I get what the artist is after but I don't think it communicates "mother=trash" so much as "Why in the heck is that perfectly well dressed, clean woman sitting in the darkest part of the alley." I always wanted someone to hassle me when I was breastfeeding. I was so darn tired and overwhelmed an excuse to lay into someone and vent would have been welcome but no one ever batted an eye at me. When my children were small people came and coo-ed at them without even realizing they were breastfeeding and when they were older - and you just cannot tandem nurse toddler twins discreetly - no one paid me any mind either. .-= Stacie´s last blog ..Balance =-.
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