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Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?
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piratequeen369 wrote:

having sex is another part of life, should we do that in public? I have a vagina, should I walk around with no trousers or pants on because it's natural;nope. Personally, I don't care but if a person has a problem with it, they are not being irrational, what is wrong with people these days?


I can't believe this omg.........
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ehh idk i mean it's a natural thing but i've never been comfortable seeing it, even with my own nephews and nieces. well it doesn't mean i'll have an uproar or anything, i'll just walk away if i can . and i'm really good at averting my eyes

maybe when i have baby i'll not be bothered by it. but then again i'm modest to begin with so i'll probably just stay at home lol
Posted 3/16/15
I wish ppl would give warning before they lift their shirt up. it shocks me...
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One thing I feel like I need to point out is that the "it's natural" argument doesn't really hold any water. What exactly constitutes "natural"? If humans are "natural", then why are our inventions considered "unnatural"? Everything our species has accomplished is a result of our natural aptitudes; drawing a line between something we didn't come up with and something we did is fine, but don't try to demonize the latter by pretending something is "worse" just because it was our idea. It's natural for humans to have ideas, and saying that we should act a certain way because that's how it was done until we changed it to something we liked better doesn't make a lick of sense.

In this context, clothes and modesty exist because we put them there. Generally speaking, people consider them normal. How, then, are they, the results of natural beings exercising their natural intelligence as a result of something they had a problem with, unnatural? Openly breastfeeding is no more "natural" than avoiding it for the sake of modesty. I'm not saying it doesn't make sense to dislike those ideas: that's your prerogative. Just call it what it is: a preference. Stand up for your preference, rather than bringing in dogmatic rhetoric to coat it in pseudo-logic. After all, preferences exist, therefore, they're natural.

That's more or less all I'm here to say, really. I'm pretty ambivalent on the breastfeeding issue. I feel like it'd be awkward to encounter someone doing it, but not so awkward that I'd feel inclined to do something about it. It's not like it would ruin my day or anything; I can cope with mild discomfort if necessary. I'm willing to let the debate reach its natural conclusion.
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fine just cover or turn to the side, it is no big deal. I highly doubt women are breastfeeding in public to get attention. Seriously guys?
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deer wrote:


piratequeen369 wrote:

having sex is another part of life, should we do that in public? I have a vagina, should I walk around with no trousers or pants on because it's natural;nope. Personally, I don't care but if a person has a problem with it, they are not being irrational, what is wrong with people these days?


I can't believe this omg.........


why not? Do you show your boobs to the public? no? would that be because it's uncomfortable? And why would that be? because they're sexualized things and always have been.
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Yes, it is both natural and the best food for the kid. Ignore everyone else.
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Got milk? MOOO
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I think it's fine. If a baby's hungry a baby's hungry.
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Screaming babies are remarkably irritating. So yes, feed the little hellspawn already so it can go back to being a normal infant.

For women concerned about being on public display it's easy enough to have a silk shawl on hand that you can drape over your shoulder and the baby before you take a breast out. Will keep others from seeing anything, even if it's still fairly obvious what's going on under there.
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Let's turn this around for a second.

Should men be allowed to breastfeed in public? No! God no! Men can't even breast-feed, what the hell!?!

This is an uncomfortable question best left for women to decide and men to accept.
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Posted 3/16/15 , edited 3/18/15

rosebudpony wrote:

Q: Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?

Do you think it could invite unwanted attention, or that it's just a natural part of life that people should get over?
Some people think if a woman can show her breasts in public, then men and women should have the right to be able to walk around naked, urinate/defecate publicly, and have sex publicly. How natural is too natural, and why?


Can I urinate or defecate in public?

That's perfectly natural too...

I don't mean to be an asshole here, but I wouldn't mind if we showed SOME modicum of modesty and propriety these days...

I mean the same people that want to breastfeed in public are the same people that judge others for their indecencies.

And I mean, I just get sick and tired of people's bullshit these days. We're acting more and more like animals just because "well, it's just natural"
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Freddy96NO wrote:


Indra2007 wrote:

Heck it's legal for women in New York state to walk around topless so I don't see how anyone would complain about a little thing like a mother feeding her child.


just want to ask you if you knew alot of "wierd" people inside a bar and then a mother with husband and she breast feed the child and you see those wierdos looking at it (either she is young?, hot or something with high attencen) do you think its fine or should use/find a room for that ( I am asking you and not her or as if you was her and knew what you knew)
Hope that makes sence ._.


If she's got a baby, why is she bringing it to a bar? Because that's a perfect place for a child to be...

Why is she drinking while breastfeeding?

I mean this kinda relates to the point I was trying to make. it's not a HUGE deal to be breastfeeding. I'm more pissed off at the attitude that your screaming infants should be acceptable just about anywhere, and it's everyone else that is off when you decide to make a public setting your daycare.

I don't care if you want to show your tits. I just ask that it not be in public for the sake of common respect and decency.
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piratequeen369 wrote:

having sex is another part of life, should we do that in public? I have a vagina, should I walk around with no trousers or pants on because it's natural;nope. Personally, I don't care but if a person has a problem with it, they are not being irrational, what is wrong with people these days?


The nudity taboo isn't (as far as I'm concerned) a solid reason for people to not walk about in public without clothes on. Sanitation concerns, meanwhile, are an excellent reason for disallowing that.
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BlueOni wrote:


piratequeen369 wrote:

having sex is another part of life, should we do that in public? I have a vagina, should I walk around with no trousers or pants on because it's natural;nope. Personally, I don't care but if a person has a problem with it, they are not being irrational, what is wrong with people these days?


The nudity taboo isn't (as far as I'm concerned) a solid reason for people to not walk about in public without clothes on. Sanitation concerns, meanwhile, are an excellent reason for disallowing that.


Sanitation? Because breast milk isn't a bodily secretion? Or that baby vomit from when you burp them isn't a sanitation concern?

I stand by the cultural reasons. culture is what divides us from the poo slinging chimps at the zoo. You can argue science, you can argue sanitation, but without culture they never would have come about, and they certainly wouldn't be enforced without cultural taboos and rationales that dictate that sanitation is a valued part of life.

EDIT:My argument in general, from a cultural point of view is that breastfeeding in public is a deconstruction of the border between the public and personal realm which find incredibly displeasing and reinforcing an emphasis that causing others distress makes the person causing said distress by ignoring boundaries is a victim, rather than the one trespassing on said boundaries. It states that you can put all your personal business out for the world to see, and any consequences or negative feedback for doing so refocuses the guilt towards the populace rather than the self. This is not only with breastfeeding but endemic with a whole variety of little cases and points of society not being "tolerant" enough, which, as a whole are slowly eroding the concepts upon which society needs to function and for many people in a small area to function as a whole. Is breastfeeding in public alone doing that? again, I say no, it's just a symptom of a larger problem.
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