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Is milk racist?

Anyone wishing to be lectured about the evils of milk, or who considers breast milk ‘sexy’, will enjoy this new Wellcome Collection show

Cow-shaped cream jug. Credit: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

I was tired when I went to see Milk at the Wellcome Collection, having been up for much of the night feeding my baby. In European and Christian imagery, one sign said, ‘a lactating woman often represents fertility, charity and abundance’, but I was not feeling full of the milk of human kindness.

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Lara Prendergast
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Lara Prendergast
Lara Prendergast is executive editor of The Spectator. She hosts two Spectator podcasts, The Edition and Table Talk, and edits The Spectator’s food and drink coverage.

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