Ricki Lake, with her new documentary Breastmilk, seeks to flip the script on female anatomy with a different kind of examination of the exposed breast.
Lake, who also co-produced 2008’s The Business of Being Born, didn't time the release of Breastmilk around World Breastfeeding Week by accident, saying:
“There are so many forces in our culture that make breastfeeding a huge challenge, not the least of which is a bizarre public anxiety around exposed breasts!”
Breasts on display in pop culture, she notes, are socially acceptable. See Kendall Jenner topless Instagram pics or countless other daily examples.
Breasts used to nurse babies in public are seen as controversial, though. Even when it's Olivia Wilde breastfeeding and looking absolutely stunning.
Imagine the struggles regular women must endure. This inspired Lake, who realizes that "breastfeeding has become such a lightning rod topic.”
Her documentary, she concedes, will “definitely make waves with the general public," but the former talk show host insists it goes beyond shock value.