Someone told me that the sexualisation of breasts was a dastardly plan, hatched by baby-milk manufacturers, to make nursing mothers self-conscious, and so boost their sales.
I am not comfortable with this theory.
I don’t doubt baby-milk manufacturers would stoop that low. They’ve certainly pulled some disgusting stunts in the past (and seemingly, emerged unscathed).
But there has to be a credible mechanism of action and result, and I can’t see one.
And the timing has to be right. I think the sexualisation of breasts as a social trend is older than baby-milk manufacture. I realise this doesn’t proclude the manufacturers “jumping on the band-wagon” at a later date, but it still weakens the theory.
The link between self-conscious mothers and increased baby-milk sales is weak too. Mothers can (even though it shouldn’t be necessary) feed their babies discreetly.
So, I don’t buy it. Have I missed something? What do you think?