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ANTH 2170
Anna Pratt

Last Thursday: Aimee Whiteout- politics of breastfeeding Film: Latching On: The Politics of Breastfeeding in America, 2006 • Breast was suddenly shown as utilitarian object and not an object that man go after Questions: 1. In what ways do race, ethnicity and/or class play a role in decision-making re: whether or not to breastfeed? In the black society breast-feeding was not socially acceptable and had to do with slavery and they would not even talk about it even if they breast fed whereas, in the white society it is more socially acceptable. Therefore, they were thinking of slavery so they did not support breast-feeding. One woman described her view “glam-mother” breast feeding as no option because no one could afford formula. Class is an important factor so people that are working in business you are not likely to get paid for maternity leave. Whereas, people that work for government usually get paid for their maternity leave. Therefore, financial situations are an important issue for families that are having babies. Also, the issue of formula being expensive and may impact people’s decision whether to buy formula or not. Notion of morality, notion of sexuality- playing a role of “sexy”. 2. Historically, how have breasts been viewed/depicted in our society and what role does this play in notions of breastfeeding? Female body is intervene with the Christian reality; breast is campaigned the way breast cancer is “ boobies are for men”; example: Angelina Jolie’s incident; breast feeding you have to be in some way as “Sex symbol” and “nurture” therefore, you can be both things but have to be kept separate and by exposing breast in public you are blurring out the boundaries. During the fashion show women wanting to look sexy after caring a baby, and when those two boundaries get blurred it pretty much becomes a blur 3. In what ways do mainstream notions of morality play a role in the pervasiveness of breastfeeding? It is important to breast feed but there still are issues on breast feeding; it is the notion of what constitutes a good mother and it’s the idea of one women mother to make sure that your kid receives its needs through breast feed and if you don’t
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