Have you ever taken a moment to sit down and think this claim through? If a child is suckling at your breast, can you describe exactly what is offensive, obscene, sexual or private about this? This isn't me being cheeky. I encourage everyone to stop and think about this for a moment.
So I thought I should share this little gem of a story.
I was browsing the magazine aisle at Target, looking for gardening magazines. Prominently placed on a wingstack in the middle of the aisle was the newest Sports Illustrated. From what I gather it was the annual swimsuit edition. I was standing next to it, grubbing about for Organic Gardening (irony here?) when DD (Dear Daughter) made her milk sign.
I quickly latched her on and went back to searching. It should be noted here that although I support NIP (Nursing in Public) in any form, I did happen to be nursing at this moment rather discreetly, since I was wearing my favorite nursing shirt.
Anyways, a passing customer decided to say that I was disgusting, obscene and "couldn't do that here!"
What a perfect moment! I pointed at the magazine and said, "If she can be here, I can be here."
|The cover image of the magazine at Target|
|How I typically nurse|
Upon further reflection, it's very distressing that when women use their breasts to feed their children, people make it sexual. It's really creepy, actually. Is this some expression of widespread pedophilia or infantile sexuality? Whenever someone tries to insinuate that my act of nursing my children is sexual, I wonder if they perhaps have an issue with sexual fetishes. One doth protest too much, yes?
Additional thought: how can female breasts be MORE sexual than male breasts? Female breasts have two functions: feeding an infant (non-sexual) and erogenous foreplay (sexual). But male breasts only have one function in our culture: erogenous foreplay. So therefore, logically we should demand that men cover their breasts and nipples at all times. And therefore we should be more lenient towards lactating mothers as they are fulfilling a non-sexual function when nursing.
Yet what do we have in our culture instead of the above common sense? Males can walk around topless while females attempting to feed their children are harassed, some even at risk of being wrongly arrested, kicked out of public areas and deleted on social networking sites.
|I snapped a photo of this ad at my local mall.|
|But this photo is obscene, sexual or offensive?|
If you at one time you said nursing should be private, or that nursing offended you, or that nursing is an obscene/sexual act, take a moment to ask yourself why you sexualize an infant eating his dinner while normalizing the objectification of women for advertisement and male pleasure.
|Selling beer is acceptable.|
|Nourishment and comfort is not?|