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SidDithers

(44,228 posts)
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:29 PM Jul 2013

Embarrassed by breastfeeding in a country of billboards covered in tits?

Seen at scienceblogs:
http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2013/07/06/embarrassed-by-breastfeeding-in-a-country-of-billboards-covered-with-tits/

Spoken word from a mom who's had enough of having to feed her child in toilet stall.

This is a righteous rant.



Her comments about the video:

I wrote this poem in a public toilet after my 6 month old baby fell asleep. I was in town on my own a lot with her and the first time I fed her someone commented that I should stay home. Baby's need breastfed every 2-3 hours often. It's impossible to run home. It's a stupid argument anyway. But I was embarrassed and for 6 months took her into toilets when I was alone without the support of boyfriend, friends, mum etc. I hate that I did that but I was nervous, tired and felt awkward. And now I find it weird that our TVs, media etc never show breastfeeding in soaps, cartoons, anything. That we and the US are so bloody scared of it. It's weird. I find our culture weird and even weirder, when people are so strapped for cash. It is costing parents a huge amount of money paying for something which most of us, those of us who are lucky enough for our bodies to do so, get for free. I have a lot of mates who complain they're broke but stop breastfeeding cos they feel awkward, and pay for formula. Why are we paying billionaire companies for something our bodies produce for FREE. It's really good marketing that we feel so wrong doing something like this I think. And it makes me sadder every day. Next we'll be buying sweat in bottles from Tescos and rubbing it on our skin paying for electronic books to read nighttime stories. Oh, wait...



Sid
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Embarrassed by breastfeeding in a country of billboards covered in tits? (Original Post) SidDithers Jul 2013 OP
Are you using "tits" in you OP subject line for shock value? Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #1
No, I'm copying the title from the post at scienceblogs... SidDithers Jul 2013 #2
the word "tits" is shocking? zappaman Jul 2013 #3
It can be sexist. Of course, all has to be taken in context. Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #4
Bullshit... Women have been using the term for centuries. Matter of fact they lumpy Jul 2013 #8
No, it's sexist depending on the context. Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #11
Right. And the word ass is, depending on the context, as well. TransitJohn Jul 2013 #15
That's what's on the billboards. Tits. Ron Green Jul 2013 #5
For God Sakes trumad Jul 2013 #13
And well-spoken she is. randome Jul 2013 #6
Probably not in my lifetime..... cliffordu Jul 2013 #17
Perhaps preoccupation with tits will "drop," so men can better focus on Eleanors38 Jul 2013 #18
Her point is well taken. This country is tit happy and getting to be a worn out lumpy Jul 2013 #7
Agreeing with something Sid posted? RC Jul 2013 #9
I know whatchamacallit Jul 2013 #10
Agreed. It shouldn't be a big deal woolldog Jul 2013 #12
Hilarious. N/T GreenStormCloud Jul 2013 #14
That is a good point treestar Jul 2013 #16

SidDithers

(44,228 posts)
2. No, I'm copying the title from the post at scienceblogs...
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:47 PM
Jul 2013

which is referencing a phrase repeated by the poet in the spoken word video.

You didn't watch it, eh?

Sid

lumpy

(13,704 posts)
8. Bullshit... Women have been using the term for centuries. Matter of fact they
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:03 PM
Jul 2013

probably invented it. Not sexist.

 

randome

(34,845 posts)
6. And well-spoken she is.
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:52 PM
Jul 2013


You can see more provocative images in your local grocery store checkout lane.

I wonder if the taboo against women being topless was dropped, then men's prurient interest in boobs might also drop. Eventually, anyways.

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Eleanors38

(18,318 posts)
18. Perhaps preoccupation with tits will "drop," so men can better focus on
Mon Jul 8, 2013, 08:33 AM
Jul 2013

the Big Butt.


In some societies this is seen as the proper reserve of sexuality as it relates to choosing partners with suitable reproduction cues.

lumpy

(13,704 posts)
7. Her point is well taken. This country is tit happy and getting to be a worn out
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:56 PM
Jul 2013

attention grabber. Time to change to butt worshiping ? Or how about pubic hair ?
Women who choose to breast feed should not hide it; most women would be willing to support those mothers who choose to do so.

 

RC

(25,592 posts)
9. Agreeing with something Sid posted?
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:05 PM
Jul 2013
is the world coming to?

We are such a prudish country. We deny our own animal roots.

Think of the children? That suckling baby is a child. There should be nothing obscene in feeding our children in public, even if they are too young to sit up.
 

woolldog

(8,791 posts)
12. Agreed. It shouldn't be a big deal
Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:37 PM
Jul 2013

Not sure why the people in this video seem to have such a problem with it.

treestar

(82,383 posts)
16. That is a good point
Mon Jul 8, 2013, 08:09 AM
Jul 2013

Especially now, as it seems low cut tops are in style.

I'm tempted to make some feminist-sounding generalization, like, if it's for men's enjoyment, it's OK, but if for babies, gross - maybe that's how they see it.

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