In May of 2012, Time Magazine released a cover photographed by Martin Schoeller depicting Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet breast feeding her 3 year old son in relation to an article about attachment parenting. The image immediately sparked controversy and debate among parents and non-parents alike over the partial nudity, the young (but perhaps not young enough) child, the strange pose and the practice of attachment parenting in general.
When prompted about the reason behind the pose, photographer Martin Schoeller stated that he “liked the idea of having the kids standing up to underline the point that this was an uncommon situation.”
Does this image make you uncomfortable? Why or why not? Many critics argue that this photo shows a less motherly and more sexualized view of the woman, creating awkwardness in regard to the three year old son breast feeding at her side. Does this criticism reflect over-sexualiztion of females in our society? Do you think this portrayal of an “uncommon situation” was intended to shock people?