Wednesday, October 10, 2007

As backward as a fundamentalist Muslim!

ME!! ME!! I AM! I AM!!

LMAO! This is exactly what was said about/to me:
“by making a nursing mother cover up because your son automatically sexualizes women when he sees a bit of flesh is akin to fundamentalist Muslims telling women to make sure they’re fully covered when going out in public so they don’t give men crazy ideas.”

That comment falls somewhere between the most ridiculous statement ever made (and rather infuriating, to boot) and hysterically funny! I’m not sure yet which it is. What brought on the charming comparison of myself to a fundamentalist Muslim? Simple… I stated in the comments of a blog (that I will not link to because I’ve already caused far too much debate on her blog, I like her, and I refuse to cause more) that while I am pro-breastfeeding, and wish I could’ve, I don’t support the right of a woman to pop her boob out wherever she wants without being discreet or covering up. Why, you ask? Because I’m the mom of a hormonal pre-teen boy and he’s uncomfortable with bare boobs in public and I really don’t think it’s appropriate for a grown woman to be flashing her girls around with out being aware of who’s watching.

I’m all for discreet breastfeeding. DISCREET, people. Don’t take your shirt all the way off and sit there topless, please. Don’t take off your bikini top and shoot me dirty looks when I cover my pre-teen’s eyes. I find it really scary that I’m expected to change the views and feeling s of a child – rather than the adult respecting the feelings and views of that child and covering herself. Or hey, sit on the other side of the booth… I don’t care. I just prefer you not flash your breasts in his face.

Comments like that do not help the breastfeeding cause. Sorry, they don’t. If you want me to respect your right to breastfeed (which I do, der), then please respect the rights of young boys and not flash your boobs at them. I understand that your child needs to eat, but if you’re respectful of my child’s discomfort and are cool about it, I’ll protect your right to breastfeed in public forever. It’s not me against you, or us against them… It’s about cooperation. And I am sick to death of the “my way or the highway” mentality. People won’t respect you or your rights until you respect theirs. That’s just how it is.

Hm… wonder how many flames I’m gonna get? Eh… only like 4 people read this thing anyway. *grin*

1 comment:

Christine said...

I had a good bfing rant on my blog the other're totally right of course. People act self-righteous about issues b/c they're terrified that if they're not 100% right, then they're somehow totally wrong. It's stupid.