breastfeeding photo "pornographic"

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breastfeeding photo "pornographic"
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 2:02am
I can't BELIEVE this article. A woman in Dallas had her kids taken into care after she took a roll of film in to be developed that had a photo of her breast feeding her infant!

The world HAS gone mad!

http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2003-04-17/feature2.html/1/index.html

Lisa

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 6:18am
Well, part of me is saying that the authorities over reacted and part of me is saying that there is something suspicious going on. I don't know, the whole thing doesn't sit right with me.
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:41am
I believe it *was* innocent. But for what it's worth, she wasn't breastfeeding her infant, she was *pretending* to breastfeed her infant. I certainly don't think it was intended as any kind of abuse, but just wanted to throw that out there.

-Deb

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 2:07pm
well, I don't know why anyone would send off nude picture's to be developed at a photo lab....I could see a few pictures...tub time, a mother nursing a child etc...but the parents naked in bed with a child? No, I think I'd pass on that one.

If my dh snaps any picture's of me nursing... this next baby it would be a discrete shot, and I would not send it off to the photo lab....we'd use our digital camera.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 2:10pm
I agree, something seems off, or maybe it is just a difference in culture. I don't think anything would've been said if it was a few shots of her breastfeeding....I think it was all the photos together that made police uneasy. If I read it right there was a photo of the three of them naked in bed? I took it to mean that the mom,dad and baby where in bed? That seems a little off to me...also she wasn't currently feeding the baby, and to encourage him take her breast while naked in a tub is a little weird IMHO.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 6:29pm
Not everyone has a digicam, to begin with. :-( I've taken in lots of shots to the photolab that had nursing in them. But nothing nude or even remotely "pornographic" LOL.

However, it was interesting when the photo lab technician congratulated me on my new baby, having never seen said baby in tow with me, when she was 2 days old and I went to get my photos of the birth (which WERE very detailed ::ahem::!) developped.

It's interesting though, how a "birth" is seen as normal, but if you were bf a 6-yo on a photo, the technician would probably think it was "abnormal" and report you. :-(

Fio.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 8:31pm
Actually, the way I read it, the photo of the parents in bed was NOT with a child and they covered up everything. The whole fiasco rested on the picture of the mother breastfeeding her child.

Lisa

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 8:43pm
This child wasn't 6 though, she was only 12 months old. I'm incredulous about the whole thing and I'm also wondering why you all don't feel the same. Why do some of you think it is a bit off?

As for the mother wanting to get such a photo after her baby had finished breast feeding, I put it in the same basket as getting a mock up photo of cutting a wedding cake, or as in my last birth, a repeat mock photo of my dh cutting the cord after the camera played up the first time.

My album has many photos of my kids in the bath. I wish I did have a photo of my baby nursing, I think I will get my dh to do that this week. Thankfully we do have a digital camera, but if we didn't I'd have no qualms about sending it off to a photo lab. I can't believe something like that could happen where I live.

Lisa


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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 9:12pm
it wasn't a mother breastfeeding her infant....it was a mother naked in the tub who coaxed a weaned child to "breastfeed" for a photo.

I see nothing wrong with a photo of a mother breastfeeding her infant...I do however find it odd that a woman naked in the tub with her toddler would want him to "pretend" to breastfeed for a photo op....that's all I'm saying.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 9:21pm
Again, I said I see nothing wrong with breastfeeding or a photo of someone breastfeeding. I would not object to a photo of myself breastfeeding my infant.I also have a few cute bath photos of my oldest child. However, I would not take a roll of film of myself and my husband naked in bed, my children naked in a tub....me naked in a tub with them and more importantly me naked in the tub coaxing my weaned child to take my breast into their mouth for a "photo op".

That's what strikes me as odd....I don't believe it was "child abuse" or child porn....but it I believe they used poor judgement.

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 10:02pm
When I first read the article a few days ago I admit that I didn't understand why on earth the breastfeeding picture was in question from the description they gave. But tonight when I reread the article I scrolled to the bottom where there is more on the story and a next button (there are 3 pages to the feature). On the second page there are two photos to the right. The one on the top is the picture in question. Now on my computer the quality isn't the greatest but it looks like the woman is kneeling completely naked in front of the child holding the breast out to the child who is standing while suckling on the breast. Once I saw that picture I completely understood why the photo lab tecnician called the authorities. That type of picture just doesn't sit well with me, I was quite taken aback. Maybe I am sheltered but I have never seen an infant nursed that way. If they wanted a picture commemorating the breastfeeding of the child, why didn't they get one that would actually depict how she nursed her child when he was small? I doubt that is how she bf him as a baby. It also said underneath that photo that breastfeeding images are a second degree felony in that city. The technician was obligated to report it, no matter how stupid one might find that law.

I do feel for these poor people because it really does seem to me that they didn't know that this was wrong. I don't think their children should be taken away from them because of this. It's a very sad and very sticky situation.

Judi


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