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Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:29 PM

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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Reply Embarrassed by breastfeeding in a country of billboards covered in tits? (Original post)
SidDithers Jul 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #1
SidDithers Jul 2013 #2
zappaman Jul 2013 #3
Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #4
lumpy Jul 2013 #8
Cooley Hurd Jul 2013 #11
TransitJohn Jul 2013 #15
Ron Green Jul 2013 #5
trumad Jul 2013 #13
randome Jul 2013 #6
cliffordu Jul 2013 #17
Eleanors38 Jul 2013 #18
lumpy Jul 2013 #7
RC Jul 2013 #9
whatchamacallit Jul 2013 #10
woolldog Jul 2013 #12
GreenStormCloud Jul 2013 #14
treestar Jul 2013 #16

Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:45 PM

1. Are you using "tits" in you OP subject line for shock value?

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:47 PM

2. No, I'm copying the title from the post at scienceblogs...

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

You didn't watch it, eh?

Sid

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:49 PM

3. the word "tits" is shocking?

to who?

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Response to zappaman (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:50 PM

4. It can be sexist. Of course, all has to be taken in context.

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:03 PM

8. Bullshit... Women have been using the term for centuries. Matter of fact they

probably invented it. Not sexist.

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Response to lumpy (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:36 PM

11. No, it's sexist depending on the context.

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 07:51 AM

15. Right. And the word ass is, depending on the context, as well.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:51 PM

5. That's what's on the billboards. Tits.

To sell crap to the tits-focused demographic.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 07:18 AM

13. For God Sakes

 

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:52 PM

6. And well-spoken she is.

 



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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Response to randome (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 08:19 AM

17. Probably not in my lifetime.....

Or, hopefully, maybe.

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Response to randome (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 08:33 AM

18. Perhaps preoccupation with tits will "drop," so men can better focus on

 

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.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:56 PM

7. Her point is well taken. This country is tit happy and getting to be a worn out

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.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:05 PM

9. Agreeing with something Sid posted?

 

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.

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Response to RC (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:09 PM

10. I know

The End of Days is nigh!

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:37 PM

12. Agreed. It shouldn't be a big deal

 

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

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Response to woolldog (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 07:41 AM

14. Hilarious. N/T

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 08:09 AM

16. That is a good point

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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