Friday, February 13, 2009

Public Perceptions of Breastfeeding

I did not write this, but it was too fabulous to not pass on. (I'm not sure of the original author, but whomever you are, thank you!!!)

Society is so sexualized that they have forgotten what God created
our breasts for in the first place. They throw hissy fits over
breastfeeding in public and expect us to feed our babies in dirty,
stinky bathrooms. So I ask you to judge for yourself, which breasts are
truly offensive here? And I understand some of you won't think ANY of
them are offensive. But I am making a point by showing how ridiculous
it is that society looks upon scantily clad women in sexy ads as ok,
even GREAT, but providing important nourishment and nutrients to your
child in public by breastfeeding is offensive, distasteful, disgusting,
whatever. Give me your feedback. :)

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Wait... well, this is a bad example. Let's try again...

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Hmmm... just a minute. Surely i can find better ones than these...

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Eh... still not racy enough. I'll check one more time.

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That's better. LOOK AT THAT! I see about an inch of boob! Totally disgusting.

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Ugh! Look at that indecency!! She must be from some third-world country to be exposed like that!!

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Now that's just... There's no words to describe how inappropriate that is. Something needs to be done!!

this takes the cake!! How dare they actually put such a disgusting
image on the cover of a magazine where teenage boys might see it. This
simply must be disposed of ASAP via a shredder, before teenage boys
learn what boobs are really for!!

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This just makes me want to vomit!

...but why stop at breastfeeding women? There are boobs
everywhere. Beware! If you thought the above photos were offensive, you
WILL DEFINITELY be offended by the photos below.

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Not this one though. This was in plain view on newsstands and in mailboxes in 19 countries worldwide!

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Not this one either. This one actually won an award!

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Oh, and i guess this ones fine too, since everyone knows you can't sell jeans without someone being topless.

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or beer, for that matter!

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or sunglasses...

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or movie tickets...

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or CDs...
know what? Maybe I'm crazy, but i think that someone mixed up some
photos here. The first batch are offensive, but the second batch are
just fine and dandy???

people who live in glass bras:
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shouldn't throw stones:
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Which message is healthier?
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Breastfeeding which is medically approved to give HUMANS the best start in life. . . or

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Images that promote STD's, unattainable beauty standards, sexual promiscuity, plastic surgery, and just plain TRUE indecency?

Which would you rather your daughter live up to?

Ifyou think women have the right to breastfeed their children no matter
where they are, please re-post this. The least you can do is help some
children get the best nutrition they can get. Breastfed babies have
lower instances of obesity, asthma, allergies, certain childhood
diseases, learning disabilities, and other health problems. For each
woman who feels like she shouldn't be breastfeeding right where she is,
there is an innocent baby who is losing out. Don't be responsible for
any child's health problems. support breastfed babies and their right
to eat in public like the rest of us.


Katie said...

AMEN!! Wonderful post!

Mama Nirvana said...

Can you hear me clapping from over here???

Thanks for you post.


Toni said...

Thanks for posting this, Lennon. I followed the author's recommendation and reposted it on my blog as well. The more people that can understand this skewed idea of breast exposure, the better. :)

Housefairy said...

this was too awesome. Thanks for posting...gonna link as well!

Its the stuff we all know but it helps to really have it in your face, all the magazine covers and makes me ill.

roadrunner201 said...

From a home birthing, public breastfeeding mom: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Michelle said...

I put this on my blog.

PovertyJane said...

This is great! When simply compared as you've done, its enough to stop anyone from controverting. Brilliant and..thank you from all of us milk making mommies. Maybe the next feat is breaking people of "aren't they too old to be breastfeeding" chime people put on when they see mom feeding an infant older than 6-12 months...

Carrie said...

I just came to your blog from another one and am SO happy I did in order to see this. I am pregnant for the first time and am planning on breastfeeding (because I can - my first three babies were all adopted without a lot of warning and 2 were foster babies first). I completely agree with you and was definitely more offended by the non breastfeeding pictures. The breastfeeding pictures were beatiful! Thank you for sharing that article.

Whitney said...

thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! i am re-posting tomorrow, in the afternoon, on my blog and on facebook, and maybe more than once. :D

i am adding your blog to my page. thanks for doing what you do.

Katharine said...

Thank you! Can't wait to share with friends.

Lianna said...

I am so glad this was posted! Breastfeeding is the best thing you can give your baby. If you don't like it then don't look is what I think!

Trista said...

Fantastic! As mother of three daughters and nurse that loves to empower other moms to give their kids the best start in this life that they can, I thank you for this post.

Lily of the Valley said...

Thanks for the post. Why, oh why, such an allegedly progressive society can be so antagonistic towards breastfeeding in general and breastfeeding specifically, I do not know.

bethymay said...

read this while breastfeeding my week old daughter. all be it at home but being in public hasn't stopped me from feeding my other children, and it won't stop me now.

Lindsey M Nelson said...

There is nothing indecent about breasts, even in the images of non-breastfeeding women. If any of these pictures featured a man's breasts, there would be no controversy at all.

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Kate said...

I'm always astonished at how acceptable exposed breasts are . . . unless there happens to be a baby connected to them.

I was once told I couldn't keep feeding my baby at a public pool! There were radically exposed boobs all over the place, and mine, which were completely hidden by my one-piece, modest swimsuit and my baby's head, were the offending ones. "There are children here!" I was told. Seriously?

zo said...

Thank you thank you thank you