A Flood of Pseudo-Events: The 800-Pound Bride and the Time Breastfeeding Cover

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Good Men Project contributing editor Oliver Lee Bateman is one of the founders of the Moustache Club of America and Penny & Farthing, two blogzines specializing in flash fiction and creative nonfiction that he co-curates with web developer Erik Hinton, medical consultant Nathan Zimmerman, and freelance writers Christie Chapman and J. R. Powell. He is a lawyer as well as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Follow him on Twitter @MoustacheClubUS or on Google+. Oliver's Spring 2014 US History From the Civil War to the Present course is being live-streamed by UTA. You can access these lectures by clicking here.


  1. Transhuman says:

    “The entire Time cover story is framed in a way to make the viewer be simultaneously repulsed and aroused.”

    I do not see what is arousing about a boy sucking on a woman’s breast. If anything, the photo simply looks like attention-seeking, unfortunately this time it involves a minor.

  2. A wonderful article Oliver. Until we start to parse the knee jerk reactions that are constantly be elicited from us, we will be putty in the hands of the media companies that continue to assault and degrade the nature and quality of public discourse.

    Fucking bastards.

  3. Thanks for linking to my post on March PR about Friendster…

  4. Hee hee!

    Boobs sell magazines! Hail to Attachment Parenting Boobie Mom and Kate Upton (S.I. Bikini Babe)….!

  5. gotthatpma says:

    That child didn’t consent to having that photo taken. It’s disgusting.

  6. How on Earth is the breastfeeding mum picture sexualized? I think that goes to show what the viewers minds are like if they think it’s at all sexual. It’s a woman, breastfeeding her child. Maybe the fact she is seen as beautiful is making people feel it’s sexual?


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