Although I have several blogs written in my head that I have yet to type out, I'm annoyed enough at the moment that I feel I must write this one out.
Everyday, it seems, there is a new story about a woman who has been harassed because she is breastfeeding her child in public. People gawk at her, managers tell her to leave, snide comments are made in her direction. It's rude and immature. Yet some loser celebrity always seems to sneak in a comment about how they find it gross. One of the annoying Kardashian whores comes to mind. (I don't remember which one. They're all the same. But this would be the one who posed for playboy and then made the comment via twitter that she was disgusted by a woman breastfeeding in a resturant next to her and that breastfeeding women need to learn some modesty. Because she's so modest. Right.)
Well let me tell you something. Breastfeeding is natural and beautiful. Breasts were designed to feed our children, not for men's (and I suppose women's too) sexual play things. Look at all the art from just about every time period before the 20th century. They all include a breastfeeding woman somewhere. Even our ancestors, as uptight and screwed up as they were, realized that breastfeeding was completely natural and completely compatible with modest living.
It is this society that is screwed up. Completely screwed up. It tells us that breasts are for foreplay and designed to make men's pants tighten and shorten. It tells us that we need to cover up while breastfeeding in public (hence the market for nursing covers) or just go into hiding. Is there a nursing mother today in this country who hasn't been "asked" at least once to either cover up or leave? I know I have. Several times.