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Saturday, August 05, 2006

WTF? I just don't get people

BabyTalk magazine, a free mag sent to new moms, featured a nursing baby on August's cover. Reader reaction was not good.

WTF? What is wrong with people in the US? Women freak at the sight of a nursing baby, but go and buy Cosmo in droves? The Vanity Fair cover with Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley didn't receive such negative attention.

The article covering the BabyTalk flap mentions a poll conducted by the American Dietetic Association. 57% believe women shouldn't breastfeed in public? 72% opine that that breastfeeding women on tv is a no-no? To you narrow-minded a-holes, I ask, "Would you eat your lunch in the john? Would it be okay for you to sit on a toilet, to scarf down your PB &J?" I ask this because that's the popular place suggested to breastfeeding women to excuse themselves to feed their babies. You might be okay with dining in the crapper, but I'm not. And no baby should be fed in such an environment. How many bottle fed babies are taken to a public restroom to be fed?

I thought BabyTalk's cover was adorable. It brought back terrific memories of when my kids were newborns. Shame on the redneck, sexist, dogmatist readers of BabyTalk who were horribly offended by a bit of flesh. Think about your puritanical views the next time you reach for People magazine in the checkout line.


At 4:36 AM, Anonymous Morrigan said...

I'll agree with you lewlew! To have this type of reaction from a society that does not bat an eye to almost pornocraphic covers on other mags is inexcusable.
These are the same people that will dress their young daughters like hookers-in-waiting. They themselves will have more skin showing than at a burlesque show, proudly showing off their pierced navels and silicone enhanced breats. But cringe at a nursing baby?
All I can say is "your table is ready, in the john. Enjoy your meal."

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Sunni said...

Doesn't surprise me - I got all kinds of looks in this country for nursing my son, but when we went to Mexico, I could walk through the mercado with him latched on and under a light blanket with nary a glance.

Just one more example of how fundamentally fucked up this culture is.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger lewlew said...

Just one more example of how fundamentally fucked up this culture is. To the point, Sunni.

Morrigan and Sunni, it really fries my bacon that people would get in such a flux about a part of a woman's body being used in the capacity it was designed for. Thanks for putting your arms around my shoulders. I'm glad I'm not alone.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous sunni said...

Thank you for bringing this idiocy to my attention. And I will get back to you today regarding our business!

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Gospazha said...

This entire thing bothers me for a different reason than those mentioned. I'm not concerned that some people find it offensive - while I think wasting time being offended with something so trivial, I'm not concerned with other's feelings on the subject.

What bothers me is that so many people have a complete disregard for property rights here. Whether it's a store that might display the free magazine, or the magazine itself, apparently neither store nor magazine should have the right to determine how they conduct their business here.

If someone's panties are in a knot, then they have the option of tossing the offending item from their home, and boycotting businesses that might be aiding the offending material. What they do not have is a right to beg the government to censor the offending material.


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