Meet Aram Grumet. He is one month shy of four years old and he breast feeds. To illustrate a feature package on attachment parenting, Time had Aram stand on a chair and suck his mother's teat while gazing into the camera. The resulting photo will soon be on every newsstand in America.
When I saw this cover, I initially assumed Time had taken a page from Newsweek's stock photo fetish porn playbook. Between Time's boob suck and Newsweek's S&M and royal necrophilia, the waiting room at your dentist's office is now a danger zone for twisted Freudian arousal.
But Aram's photo is not simulated. He is a real boy, and his 26-year-old mother Jamie Lynne Grumet really breastfeeds him and his five-year-old brother. Jamie herself breastfed until age six. As I type this, an image of multigenerational human centipede breastfeeding has entered my mind and will not leave.
The original cover image, acquired exclusively by my co-worker Max Read, was much edgier.
Readers, let us PowWow: How does this cover make you feel? Will it haunt Aram Grumet's* future? Would you rather share a tit with a four-year-old, have S&M sex with a Twilight fan fiction enthusiast, or make love to a British princess' corpse? [Time]
* His last name may not actually be Grumet. It's just his mom's last name.