By Alison Bartlett
Breastwork grants an unique and private method of a near-universal perform and does not shy from controversy or debatable subject matters, comparable to sexual wish and breastfeeding. It includes a vast variety of illustrations from Renaissance work of mom and baby (Madonna del Latte) to Jerry corridor breastfeeding at the hide of shallowness reasonable and Kate Langbroek breastfeeding at the Panel to a banned New Zealand health and wellbeing poster of a guy breastfeeding at paintings.
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Because hormones figure so prominently in biomedical narratives of women’s bodies, and because lactation is a gendered activity, it is not surprising that hormones become central to the way breastfeeding narratives are organised. While I certainly would not argue that hormones are not involved in lactation, there is another major factor that needs to be taken into account, which I call a woman’s subjectivity. Women are not only bodies and yet it is difficult to articulate the other self that we bring to the experience of breastfeeding, which would include an intelligence, embodied and learnt knowledges, racial and class histories, sexuality, religion, emotions, economics, medical histories, friendships, as well as a suite of cultural readings.
In this way breastfeeding texts differ from commercial car manuals, which assume a level of intelligence and prior knowledge. It was the recognition of being propelled into this particular readership that I experienced as profoundly patronising, and I found myself resisting this, not wanting to be addressed like an ignorant, unknowing subject who has to be told the right way to use my body. As an academic, I also wanted to make sense of my newly maternal body through the critical tools I use in my work.
It’s just so frustrating! Why doesn’t she want my breast? I don’t know! Maybe she’s crazy! ) This scene is very funny, primarily because the viewer recognises the collision of two contrary discourses around breasts. This is another farce of misrecognition, as Joey would normally view breasts as sexually titillating while Rachel and the nurse are intent on getting them functioning as maternal and lactating. Joey’s gaze is gendered as sexual, Rachel’s as maternal, and the two do not intersect. The big nipple and the massaging of her breast can operate in both spheres, as part of the sexualisation and lactation of breasts.
Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding by Alison Bartlett