Friday, December 15, 2017

"Toward A Feminist Postcolonial Milk Studies"

Just, y'know...toward it...:
For Gaard, the complex relationship that humans have to milk, including their own, has a lot to do with political economy, and she states emphatically that "women's breast milk and women's labor are part of the gift economy that is simultaneously invisible, unmonetized, and appropriated in national and international economic systems." She cites research that estimates the value of human breast milk at approximately $5 billion in the U.S. alone, but also notes that the paradox that, "when women's breast milk is introduced as a market commodity, it fares poorly. In 2010 New York chef Daniel Angerer produced his wife's breast milk cheese at Klee Brasserie and was promptly shut down by the New York Health Department." It is precisely this paradox, and the fact that many humans are ready and willing to consume cow's milk, that Gaard explores as an area of inquiry. "If eating women's breast milk 'feels like cannibalism,' what does it feel like to eat other females' milk," she asks, "and what does it feel like to be a farm animal?" [my emphasis]
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