Boobs: what are they for?
Our culture has oddly sexualized and stigmatized the act of an infant eating. It used to be even the Puritans weren’t offended by boobs on their tombstones:
Now even at the Y they prohibit babies eating, lest someone see a boob. This hyper vigilance about anyone being even slightly aroused creates weird dichotomies in our society where the below is acceptable for people to watch and not considered pornographic:
What this absurd state of affairs speaks to is a misunderstanding of the human body. The body becomes a thing to be possessed and owned by “lovers”, rather than as a sign and enactment of love. A woman giving of her very flesh to feed her child is representative of Christ, giving his very flesh to feed us, and our society distrusts this gift of self.
This didn’t come out of nowhere, but was the result of an event in 1930. Less than 100 years after first removing books from the Bible (1827 was the first year a Bible was published missing 7 of the books determined as scriptural in the 300’s) Anglicans decided they needed to make another major change to Christianity, and were the first Christians to allow birth control in very limited circumstances. This decision was made at the seventh Lambeth Conference. Subsequently all the other denominations have agreed with this a-historical decision. It wasn’t that the conference dealt with a new aspect of Christian life, but rather it decided new forms of birth control invented by science would not be governed by the same moral rules that the old forms of birth control were governed by. One of the effects of widespread use of birth control is that sex ceases to have a component of procreation and becomes all about pleasure. As Humanae Vitae states:
Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
When sex is reduced to pleasure, organs that are involved with sex are reduced to pleasure. This includes boobs. The connection of the boob to new life has been cut off by the use of birth control resulting in some men experience jealousy of the feeding infant! Returning sex to it’s natural ends of both bonding and procreation would help return breast feeding to normalcy because the breast wouldn’t be looked upon only as an instrument of sexiness.