By Alison Bartlett

Breastwork supplies an unique and private method of a near-universal perform and does not shy from controversy or arguable issues, similar to sexual hope and breastfeeding. It incorporates a huge diversity of illustrations from Renaissance work of mom and baby (Madonna del Latte) to Jerry corridor breastfeeding at the hide of shallowness reasonable and Kate Langbroek breastfeeding at the Panel to a banned New Zealand healthiness poster of a guy breastfeeding at paintings.

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Contrarily, anthropologist Dana Raphael reports that around five per cent of women reputedly are physically incapable of lactation (p. 67). This is surely an example of the precariousness of fixed gender differences, and of the cultural and historical contingency of bodies and their capabilities as Grosz describes them. She maintains that ‘what are regarded as purely fixed and unchangeable elements of facticity, biologically given factors, are amenable to wide historical vicissitudes and transformations’ (Volatile Bodies, p.

The theatre is at the university. It is the first night performance. The Vice Chancellor is here, along with other important guests. I sit in a seat near the aisle so that I can escape quickly if my baby starts crying when she wakes. She wakes. I lift her onto my lap and lift my shirt. She finds my nipple and suckles happily for the rest of the drama on the stage. I sit in the half light with my huge breast out, my daughter latched on. It feels curiously subversive. For what other reason could I sit in a theatre with one breast out, unless performing maternity?

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