Monday, August 30, 2010

Boobs... How offensive!

An open letter to Mrs Rollins

Mrs Lisa Rollins, 106.3 FM,

Mrs Rollins', hearing your ill-informed, hateful comments about breastfeeding made me profoundly sad.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but to spout such tasteless, hateful tripe in such a public forum, and to call for laws which would restrict, and impinge on the rights of breastfeeding mothers and infants is nothing short of disgraceful.

I ask you to educate yourself Mrs Rollins, if not for your sake (please, at least for your daughter's sake so that one day you can assist her in moving past your small-minded, small-hearted views), then for the sake of the public at large on whom you are inflicting you hate-speech.

If this had occurred here in Australia, I'd be hosting the nurse-in right out in the open in front of your place of work, where EVERYONE could see what a beautiful, natural, NORMAL thing you chose to target for your revolting vitriol filled rant.

For the record, your suggestion that mothers feed in the ladies room is atrocious. If you flush with the lid up, a polluted plume of bacteria and water vapour erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl. The polluted water particles float for a few hours around your bathroom before they all land. That means poo particles on everything, including the mother’s nipples, and it means inhaling the same. I’m sure you can figure out for yourself how unhygienic this is, yet you’d be happy to send a mother and infant into a toilet to eat their lunch. Would you want to give it a try? I think not.

As for feeding in the car, I can say from personal experience that this simply does not work. Not with a baby that wants to latch off and take a good look at her surroundings. And on a hot day, as you said it was, breastfeeding in a hot car would be absolutely untenable.

Oh and regarding your assertion that there are no laws in South Carolina that a woman shouldn’t breastfeed in public, and that its indecent exposure, you’re wrong, there are laws in relation to this matter. Unfortunately for you the laws in your area (and in most of the United States of America) specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private place they are otherwise legally allowed to be, and they exempt breastfeeding mothers from public indecency laws. Can you guess why? Its because there is nothing indecent about a woman using her breasts for the purpose God intended (to paraphrase your own words).

You find breastfeeding to be ‘disgusting’ to the extent that this is something you are raising your children with knowledge of. What message do you think this will send to your daughter? If her breasts aren’t for feeding infants one day, that only leaves the uses perpetuated by the media, i.e.; her body is designed as a sexual toy for men. As a Christian woman, I’m sure this is not a message you want to send your daughter, or to your son for that matter.

You think women should be discreet and stay home, or be prepared, feed before they leave the house, etc. Infants need to be breastfed every two hours. If women were to take your words to heart they would barely get the chance to leave the house for the first moths of their child’s life. As for expressing and bottle feeding this can lead to nipple confusion, and, more importantly, in order to avoid supply issues, when you are feeding your baby a bottle, you need to be expressing at the same time. I get the feeling that if that mother had been bottle feeding her baby with one hand, and pumping milk with the other you would have been far more offended that you were.

I ask you again to educate yourself, and question why you have this resentment of such a natural, normal act.

For shame Mrs Rollins, a public figure such as yourself has a responsibility to her listeners, and to herself to hold one’s self to a higher standard than your comments show you to hold yourself to.

In short: grow up.

Yours, etc...

Oh and I love Harvest's open letter:

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