July 19, 2006

Mothering Magazine's International Breastfeeding Symbol Contest


Mothering Magazine is upset, and they're not going to take it anymore:

The image of a baby bottle on an airport sign announcing the location of a "parents lounge" infuriated us and got us thinking: Isnt there an international symbol for breastfeeding? We called around. Spoke to lactivists and breastfeeding organizations all over the world. No one had seen or heard of an international symbol for breastfeeding.
So submit your international breastfeeding icon to them by August 31, 2006, and if it wins, it'll start appearing on t-shirts, totes, signage, bottles--oh, wait, not bottles--and representing for the lactivist movement around the world.

I've narrowed my own submission options down to two:




In Search of an Icon: Breastfeeding Symbol Contest [mothering.com]


Geez, Greg. Soon yo'ure going to need to change the name of this site to umatypes.com. I swear this picture gets posted on your site once a week these days!

[hmm, it's actually less than once a month, but point taken. -ed.]

Some news items just cry out for an Onion-style parody but, sadly, are just too easy of a target.

[don't go stealing my idea, now -ed.]

So in other words, it become a 'breastfeeding lounge and no longer a 'parents lounge'? I wonder how many parents who aren't breastfeeding, or Dad's travelling alone would feel when they look at a symbol like that? Excluded?


Well, I've actually started working on an icon design, but when I've clicked on the link to www.mothering.com, my browser cannot find it. I've also typed it in directly myself, but still no luck.

Has anyone actually been able to connect to this site?

Thanks, Dora E. H. Crow

[hm. it looks like it's down at the moment, 4hrs after you originally posted. -ed.]

I vote for Uma. Or Colonel Sanders holding a bucket of chicken.

Good grief, talk about nit-picking. The kid's getting fed, isn't it? That whole militant attitude of their's is truly annoying (not to mention pathetic).

P.S. Target rocks!

Just to clarify -- we aren't actually COMPLAINING about Ms. Thurman's regular presence on the site, are we? Cause that'd just be, you know, stupid. A lil cleavage never hurt anyone, and a LOT of cleavage actually helps quite a few people.

I vote for Munsch's "The Scream, replaced with Barbara Walter's face.

Thanks Greg, I will never be able to see the Target icon as an innocent little bullseye again.

I vote for boobylicious Uma.

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