In this corner, we have 26-year-old hot blonde stay-at-home mom Jamie Lynne Grumet of Los Angeles in a staged breastfeeding of her relatively mature-looking three-year-old son on the 21 May 2012 issue of Time magazine. The mother-son photo is for a feature on “attachment parenting.” Grumet claims that she was breast-fed until age 6 and that she is regularly harassed for breastfeeding her toddler by strangers who threaten “to call social services on me or that it’s child molestation.” The general habit in America for about three-quarters of U.S. mothers is to breast-feed during the baby’s first six months up to a year. Do you find this photo offensive, or do you just accept that magazines need to use provocative photos to sell copies? Does it make any difference how the photo is set up with the son eyeballing the camera and not his mother? Do her model good looks sexualize the breastfeeding experience for the viewer?
And in the other corner we have the 21 May 2012 issue of Newsweek, not to be outdone by Time. Newsweek’s editor Tina Brown tweeted the following: “Obama’s earned every stripe in this haloed rainbow.” First gay president? Once again, is this just not the battle of the provocative magazine covers? President Bill Clinton was once referred to by some as the “first black president” for his generous support of and by African-Americans. What do you think of these covers? In the Obama photo, is he truly deserving of a halo? If you read the news coverage this past week (May 7-12), the U.S. population is quite split in public opinion about support for gays and lesbians to marry. Faith-based religious organizations are also divided and black church leaders are conflicted about Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. This American values issue of what supporters call marriage equality may become a defining and dividing issue in the fall election but it’s too soon to tell. One major foreign policy crisis will change everything and most polls suggest that Americans are still most concerned with economics over lifestyle values.