When Breasts Offend
As I watched the morning news a few days ago, I was treated to a story about national outrage over a photo of two American military officers breastfeeding their babies. Before showing the photo, the newscaster warned viewers that they may wish to overt their eyes because of the explicit nature of the photo. Here it is, and I am recklessly posting it without such a warning because I frankly find it both ridiculous and offensive to refer to images of mothers feeding their children while wearing their daily work uniforms as “explicit”:
Ironically, I saw that newscast from a TV on the Las Vegas strip, where I was surrounded by many other images of female breasts (and a bunch of scantily clad men, too; casinos are equal opportunity exploiters). I will not post any of these Photoshop and silicone enhanced images, with or without a warning, because I do find them offensive.
Am I alone in my opinions about what kinds of images are offensive? Why don’t images of cleavage combined with silicone and lingerie spark any newsworthy outrage, while images of cleavage combined with nursing babies and military uniforms get people up in arms?