Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vogue Netherlands shoots Ymre Stiekema breastfeeding, internet howls "NSFW"!

Vogue via HuffPo
My only concern is whether or not this pic features her own baby. Ms. Stiekema gave birth to a baby girl last December, but the one in the picture looks rather young.

I don't know why I'd think that a mother deciding to objectify her own baby is better than objectifying someone else's. But the idea of breastfeeding portraits is quite well established, from the Virgin Mary to Kate Hansen. And I think they do a society good, no matter how pretentious. (I'm looking at you, Erwin Olaf.)

Nonetheless, The Huffington Post shared the pic with an "NSFW" (not safe for work) warning, and The Cut's headline was "Have You Seen Naked Breast-feeding Vogue Model Mom?"

The baby was unavailable for comment.

6 comments:

  1. I don't think so - that looks like a near one year old to me. I think that the notion that mother having a portrait taken while breastfeeding her baby somehow objectifies her baby is rather bizarre.

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    1. A portrait is a personal statement. This one is to sell magazines. But like I said, I think it does some good even if it commercializes the moment.

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  2. Completely unrelated, but: http://www.scandichotels.com/ImageVaultFiles/id_30710/cf_194/st_edited/z1r4rwPXfIY4tOrf7j0i.jpg

    I recently came across this and wanted to share it with you. It immediately irritated me rather than making me want to book my next trip there with my partner: So he would be watching TV, while she would be on the web and there would be no interaction. WHAT?! Why would I want to have a dysfunctional holiday? How about showing them eating together, enjoying the views from the windows or even one person coming out of the bath while the other is drying their hair. ANYTHING but this.

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    1. Thank you, Kat.

      Just so you know, I've added an e-mail contact box at the bottom of the blog. You can always contact me there.

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  3. Regarding the baby appearing to be nursed, if this is not her own child, it raises a big red flag on what is being perpetrated on the baby. True wet-nursing has existed for centuries. That isn't my concern. But, putting a strange nipple into a baby's mouth, with no intent to really nurse borders on something bizarre, with creepy sexual overtones. By the way, that breast does not look like a lactating breast. The whole thing is odd and wrong.

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  4. Bad latch! Owww!

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