In American culture, female breasts are often defined aesthetically, as objects to satisfy male sexual interests or functionally, as an optional source for infant nutritional needs rather than spiritually, as a venerated relic of feminine empowerment and joy. To require women to cover their chest in situations where men are free to be bare-chested is an act of misogyny. To shame or forbid a mother’s ability to feed and nourish her child is an act of aggression against women. In literature, the act of breastfeeding is sadly, most often portrayed as a difficult and painful task. It is rare to find a poem or story in celebration of the maternal ecstasy and spiritual bond that occurs during suckling. When the sight of a woman giving life-sustaining breast milk to an infant child is viewed only as a beautiful act of love, then women will have ascended to their rightful position in society as nurturer, teacher, spiritual guide, Creatrix.
Ceremonial Breast Bowl Glazed earthenware. 11” wide x 2” deep. eBay Auction Date: August 1st, 2021
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