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By Alison Bartlett

Breastwork gives you an unique and private method of a near-universal perform and does not shy from controversy or debatable subject matters, comparable to sexual wish and breastfeeding. It encompasses a huge variety of illustrations from Renaissance work of mom and baby (Madonna del Latte) to Jerry corridor breastfeeding at the conceal of self-importance 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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65). Sarah Hrdy reports research that found raised levels of prolactin in men living with pregnant women and a thirty per cent drop in testosterone in men just after the birth of their babies (Anne Storey in Hrdy, ‘Mothers and Others’). She also asserts that for males and females, whether parents or not, simply ‘engaging in nurturing behaviours … seems to make the pituitary secrete more prolactin’ (Mother Nature, p. 131). Milk secretion can also occur in women who have not given birth: if they are taking oestrogen and progesterone birth-control pills for a prolonged BreastWork04 28/7/05 11:30 AM Page 50 5 0 • BREASTWORK time, for example; or when they adopt a baby (Diamond, ‘Father’s Milk’, p.

Hormones were initially thought about in an effort to account for the sexual differences between men and women. Early conceptualising therefore assumed that there were two ‘sex hormones’ (because of the two sexes) and that they were made in the gonads (in the testes in males and the ovaries in females). Sex hormones were thus understood to be the chemical carriers of masculinity and femininity. This dualistic model was revised in the 1930s when both ‘male’ and ‘female’ sex hormones were found to be in both male and female bodies, in differing amounts.

She had the ring on, she seemed so excited, and then she took her breast out. Joey, you have to tell her what’s going on! And what did it look like? BreastWork04 28/7/05 11:30 AM Page 33 PERFORMING Joey: BREASTFEEDING • 33 I didn’t look at it. Stupid baby’s head was blocking most of it. Joey’s peeking here is a parallel to Mr Geller’s ‘peeking’ on the couple having sex in the cupboard, and a similar collision of discourses operates to drive the comedy of the situation. In rehearsing the script that men see breasts as sexual while women in this episode (the nurse and Rachel) perceive them as active and functioning baby-feeders, Friends makes the duplicity transparently funny.

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