Logical fallacies are everywhere in our media, most often in the broadcast media, like all the commentators on the news shows and stations. Last night on some show on Headline News about showbiz news the ladies on the show were discussing the comment made by Gisele that breastfeeding should be mandatory for the first six months of life.
“Some people here [in the U.S.] think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?'” adding “I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”
She’s gotten some flack for it and has clarified later to say that she didn’t literally mean anything to do with laws, but that things come out black and white on paper. Well, actually that’s true. We always say things and don’t mean what they literally mean when written down. I have a bad habit of saying, when the kids are driving me nuts, “You guys are killing me here.”
She has also said this on her blog:
On this Mother’s Day I’d also like to talk about a very important issue, which is breastfeeding. It’s essential for the newborn and creates a bond between mother and her child. It’s a unique moment when the body changes to nurture; it’s the Nature’s blessing! Breastfeeding, mainly the first days, poses some challenges, but the reward is sublime. In addition to having all the proteins, fats, and vitamins the baby needs, breastfeeding is an act of love and affection.
It would be great if all the mothers could experience the breastfeeding.
So regardless of how you feel about those quotes, though I think it would be wonderful if all mothers got the support and help they need to overcome breastfeeding obstacles, it should be recognized that all these TV news personalities rarely know what they are talking about, because their job is to talk about anything and everything.
The co-host, Brooke Anderson, said that Giselle’s body has always made women feel inadequate and now she has to make us feel inadequte about being mothers too. That not everyone can just take pictures for an hour and make a million dollars and that because life is easy for her she shouldn’t be judging all of us mothers who have to really work.
And I’m sure lots of moms were nodding their heads, but *that* is a logical fallacy. One has nothing to do with the other. There are many, many mothers who are single moms working hard who nurse their babies at night as a way to reconnect because the baby is at daycare all day.
Then Anderson, the blond, skinny woman with perfectly done CNN hair and make-up (who is trying to discount Giselle because she is so much better looking than all the real women like her) said that it is physically impossible for so many woman to breastfeed, especially premies in the NICU.
That’s not a logical fallacy, that’s just wrong. Actually, women with premies are given a lot more support when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping milk because it is that much more vital for the premie’s health.
And universally, being a first time mom is hard. Having money and a large house won’t make a mom’s nipples not be sore. It won’t make a newborn sleep through the night. It won’t fix a baby’s painful latch. That is the hard work of mothering that has to be done by every mother.
Certainly, having a lot of money and help around the house is something I wish we ALL had when a baby is first born. But when this news personality, who has more money and resources than the majority of the women on the plant do, to spout out things that aren’t even true and promote uneducated leaps of logic, it’s annoying. Because lots of women are listening and probably believing her.