Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stanford School of Medicine gives breastfeeding a "graphic warning" label

**I tend to not blog during the weekend, I like weekends to be "family oriented." But every once in awhile I come across something..... that well..... can't wait until Monday. This is one of those rare moments.**

Stanford School of Medicine is under a bit of "graphic warning" fire. On their website they warned that their breastfeeding section contained "graphic content." I am going out on a limb here and going against the grain. I do NOT think that Stanford meant anything negative with the label. I looked at what they had, went through all the links and I was not bothered at all. To me it is more geared towards Medical Professionals and education. I don't know about you... but when I watch or read ANY Medical show or material it ALWAYS starts off with a "graphic content" warning. The link they provided was 100% educational and supportive about breastfeeding. It was all done as a "medical" education for pediatric trainees and a resource for health care professional.

It concerns me that we, breastfeeding supporters, tend to jump onto the "oh no you didn't" bus when it comes to breastfeeding. That sometimes (just sometimes) we tend to over read what is written or over react to what is said. (I did say sometimes.......) I know I have "over reacted" in some instances. The whole adrenaline thing takes over (or Mama Bear Syndrome) and I jump right into defend mode when a Mummie is mistreated, or when the lack of education and support is clearly shown. But this is not always the case and we do not always have to react this way. How are we to tell people that they are wrong to react in a negative way when we sometimes do the same? To me it just seems that it is an endless cycle. Heck I am all for being defensive (I do tend to get that way......... okay I get that way a lot!) but, for me, this instance is being taken a bit out of porportion. "Graphic warnings" do not always mean inappropriate or bloody content.

If you think about it.... The documentary Babies was rated PG..... which I looked up the meaning for this rating. Here is what PG means "The PG rating indicates that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children. A PG-rated motion picture may contain some profanity and some depictions of violence, sensuality or brief nudity. But, these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture."

So with that in mind...... what do you think about Stanford School of Medicine? Am I wrong in my thinking? Should I not be supportive of their decision? Should I jump on the "oh no you didn't" bus with the rest of them?

(Be nice to me.... I am still getting over a nasty cold....... wink wink!)



  1. What a great link!! I don't see any offense in putting a graphic warning label on the site. There are many people who are not comfortable with the exposure of the human body, regardless of their breastfeeding preferences. I see it as a PC thing for the SSOM to put this up.

  2. I'm not sure I agree. I think describing breastfeeding as "graphic" exacerbates the ignorant perception of breastfeeding as obscene. How would you feel if a lady was breastfeeding in a cafe and someone stuck up a "warning: graphic" sign next to her?


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