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Old 06-08-2005, 02:31 PM   #1
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barbara walters rant

Please forgive this rant but I am fuming mad and need a quick outlet to vent my frustrations.

I just finished watching MSNBC's coast to coast and the topic was breastfeeding and whether or not women should be allowed to do it in public!!!!!! Apparently this topic was prompted because Barbara Walters said she finds breastfeeding on planes offensive!!!!!

Am I crazy. This makes me want to scream! Barbie looking Monica from MSNBC agrees with Barbara Walters and she feels that breasfeeding is private, personal, and intimate and should not be done in public!!! Hello babies eat like every half hour and when they need to eat they need to eat immediately. I guess woman should remain imprisoned in their homes for the first year or spend every half hour searching desperately for hiding spots to breastfeed in shame. What the hell is this all about??? Women who bend over and their butt crack sticks out, belly shirts, major cleavage, restaurants called Hooters for God sakes......But Barbara and Barbie are offended by a breastfeeding mother. And MSNBC gives these morons airtime to actually argue and debate their ignorance. I'm sorry but if Barbara Walters said she finds transexuals offensive because they are too "in your face" she would be forced to apologize and the networks would be outraged at her political incorrectness.

I breastfed my first child under blankets and my shirt so noone ever saw by breast. However my second child refused to eat if something covered her face. She would just scream so I had no choice but to breastfeed with tiny parts of my breast showing. Can't people just get over it! If your uncomfortable look away. According to the idiot on MSNBC I was doing what she calls "in your face breastfeeding." She doesn't feel it is right for women to inflict this type of breastfeeding on others.

Please someone agree with me that these people are morons before my head explodes in anger.
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Old 06-08-2005, 02:53 PM   #2
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I'm kind of both sided on this. If a mother is walking around Wal-Mart breast feeding her child, I don't think that should be done in public. That's why those places have bathrooms. BUT, if you are on an airplane and you need to feed your child, I think you should be able to as long as you cover yourself from others. Meaning either putting a blanket over yourself or turning to the side or just simply asking the person next to you if they mind. Most people don't mind. I surely wouldn't be offended if a woman sitting next to me on an airplane asked if I would mind if she breast fed her child next to me. It's just a little excessive to look outside and see a woman walking down the street breast feeding a child. That's probably a little more extreme than you meant, but it's just an example.
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There was actually a protest outside of where they tape the view. A "nurse in" if you will. A bunch of mothers with babies breastfeeding on the street. I nursed my daughter in public. I tried to keep covered when I did. I am not offended by people who wont cover up though. Its your babies food. That is what they are FOR. I feel bad for Barbara. I think she is uncomfortable with it because she doesn't understand what its all about.
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That's the same line of thought that I was thinking. I would think that people who are offended, don't understand why mothers breastfeed. They are not a mother and have never breastfed a child before.
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I agree. All you have to do is turn on MTV anytime and you can see mostly naked women performing lewd acts, and in public it is nothing to see more skin than not, so I do not understand people who are uncomforable with breastfeeding. However, breasts are seen not as a functional thing for feeding babies, but an attribute used to attract a partner, so I think people are uncomfortable seeing a baby attached to a body part that is associated with, um, a physical relationship between adults.

A similar thing was in the news in S. Florida where I lived when my oldest was a baby 12 years ago. I took her everywhere and was glad to be able to nurse her whenever necessary, but I would not have done so in a Walmart bathroom - pathogen central! I also nursed the twins but nursing the two of them in public was not such a simple thing.

I wish more women breastfed their children just for the benefits for the baby and for the mother (you burn some serious calories making milk) and more probably would do it if there was not such a stigma attached to it.
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Well, I just think if someone has a problem with a baby nursing in public then that someone should be offered a towel to drape over their head and they should also quickly be given instructions on how to get to the nearest germ infested bathroom or utility closet where they can crouch and hide until the baby is finished eating.
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That's why those places have bathrooms.
Do you make it a habit to eat your meals in public restrooms? Conversely, you won't catch me taking a leak next to the table you're sitting at. Why should a baby, who's vulnerable in so many ways to so many things, have to be exposed to such an environment? There was an Australian commercial that had a guy sitting in a stall eating a salad with all sorts of bathroom "noises" going on around him. At the end of the commercial they said "You wouldn't eat your lunch there would you?"

I think it's pretty much retarded to to get mad at women breastfeeding in public. What are you in fifth grade? Grow up already. My girlfriend breastfeeds our child in public. Puts a blanket over the "offensive area" and moves on with life. Thus far nobody has said anything. I pity the first person who does.

Maybe I'm just sick of all these "Holier Than Thou" ***wipes being offended by non-violent, non-abusive, non-threatening behavior. Not just with breastfeeding, but with any form of political correctness issues. It's been taken too far and people are going to start snapping. Like I said, first person that says anything to us about it is going to get served.

On a positive note, we went to a local science museum and the baby had to eat. We later filled out a comment card where we noted that we were glad that none of the staff complained about it. We got a letter back from them saying that they had no problem with it and were building a lounge specifically for that purpose (special chairs and everything). That's the smart thing to do if you're worried about oversensitive idiots wanting to assert their self importance over you; create a space for it, don't condemn it to a bathroom.
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My wife breast-fed both of our daughters. There were times when we were in public and the girls wanted to eat. We would pick a discreet corner and my wife would breastfeed the girls with a towel over her shoulder. I completely agree with Tankgirl. Our culture today has seen/condoned worse. My attitude on this topic has always been: Become an engineer--build a bridge and get over it.
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People who have an issue with this are apparently not very experienced.....3/4 of the world's population does not have issues with public breastfeeding....I just don't get Americans, rampant, bloody, gruesome violence on TV is entertainment, but the sight of a woman breastfeeding in public is too horrible to tolerate....I'm glad that its legal for women to go topless in Canada.
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