Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why Breast-Feeding Isn’t the Bugaboo

Time Magazine
For those of you who missed it, this week's cover of Time Magazine is fairly controversial. It focuses on attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and Dr. Sears. Here is one of the articles, which touches on the recently published book: The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women . The book they're discussing proffers the notion that modern concepts of motherhood are basically a voluntary anti-feminism enforced by peer pressure.
"Badinter argues that if women were to stop breast-feeding and give their babies formula from bottles, their economic and social status would rise. The critical counterattacks have been fierce.

Among them, that Badinter, who happens to be childless, sets up a false dichotomy between motherhood and feminism. And that Badinter has a whopping conflict of interest: she holds a controlling stake in and is the board chair of the p.r. and ad agency Publicis, which represents formula makers Nestle, Similac and Enfamil. But the biggest problem with her argument is that it doesn’t stand up to reality. Larger and more complex factors are at play in the status of women."
The author then goes on to demonstrate an impressive lack of understanding of statistics and causality. I'll read the book as soon as I can and report back to my readers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like some books that are critical of modern parenting that are actually objective, but it seems to be hard to find those.

I work in an academic library, and think it would be a neat and unused topic for the students to use in their assignments. Also, I am a little biased of course. But I want books that are as objective as possible.

Please let us know if you read the book and think it's worth anything.