Porn Probe Over Breastfeeding Photos

FOR DOWNLOAD MORE GALLERY It is reported that a federal pornography investigation has been launched over photos showing Jamie Lynn Spears breastfeeding her baby.

It is alleged that Casey Aldridge, the baby's father, took a series of photos of Spears, one with her breast exposed, and then took them to Wal-Mart to be printed, and someone made copies with the intention to sell.

First of all, the nude female breast is not pornographic at any age. Secondly, breastfeeding is not a pornographic act. And third, by virtue of bearing a child, Spears is an adult, even if she is still 17 years of age. If they can put minors on trial for adult crimes, then society can consider under-18 people to be adults for other reasons, too.

Yes, Aldridge is an idiot for taking the photos to Wal-Mart in the first place. Can't these people afford a photo printer?

Yes, taking the photos for purposes of profiteering is theft, and the perpetrator should be punished.

But child pornography?
Because Jamie Lynn is a minor, selling the photos — or buying them — could constitute a violation of federal laws prohibiting pornography. Peddling pictures of a minor's breast — even if not taken for sexual purposes, could land the seller and buyer in federal prison if they are marketed across state lines for the purpose of being lurid, according to TMZ.
The key word here is "could". It is highly doubtful that any jury would find the photos of a breastfeeding mother to be pornographic. If that were to occur, would that mean that state breastfeeding laws would have to be amended to allow only those mothers 18 and older to be able to nurse their children in public? The ramifications are frightening.

There is no doubt that in our celebrity breast-obsessed society, that the photos of Spears breastfeeding her child would be sensational, but it is not likely that any US publication would touch them. Perhaps the pornography charge is just being floated as a scare tactic to discourage their sale.

It's just disheartening to hear the words "child pornography" paired with "breastfeeding mother", especially when so many women have fought so long and hard for their rights to nurse in public.

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