From a 2016 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics, a paper arguing that promoting breastfeeding as a “natural” alternative to formulas is wrong because it doesn’t help the Cultural Revolution.
It makes sense that breastfeeding promotion would make appeals to the “natural.” The resurgence in breastfeeding rates over roughly the past 4 decades is rooted in a history of women’s organized efforts during the 1950s and 1960s to redeem the value of feeding babies “naturally” in the face of widespread medical support for formula feeding. Coupling nature with motherhood, however, can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretakers of children). Referencing the “natural” in breastfeeding promotion, then, may inadvertently endorse a controversial set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate. Invoking the “natural” is also imprecise because it lacks a clear definition. For similar reasons, the recent Nuffield report states that public agencies, governments and organizations contributing to public and political debates about science, technology, and medicine “should avoid using the terms natural, unnatural and nature” unless they make transparent the “values or beliefs that underlie them.”
Emphasis mine. You see what’s happening here? The reader who sent me this does. She writes:
The real agenda is trans. Let’s de-gender motherhood because gosh. Breastfeeding isn’t just for girls, Right?
Not only that, but this looks like an attempt to force nature to agree with contemporary gender ideology. These medical ethicists appear to be trying to stigmatize breastfeeding as sexist and transphobic.
Of course, Dreher and his interlocutor could be somewhat mistaken; Pediatrics could just be opposed to any suggestion that society does well to have women stay at home and look after the children, because they are better suited to such a role than men.
Really, though, it’s all the same thing: question sex roles (or as they say in Newspeak, ‘gender roles’), and eventually, you end up questioning the notion of sex (‘gender’) itself – as we have seen, in the Brave New World Order under which we are living. The one leads to the other, ultimately…
Stick a fork in Pediatrics; they are well and truly done…