Thursday, January 12, 2006

Breastfeeding in public

The Tennessean reports that our friends in Franklin are considering a law allowing breastfeeding in public. Do we really need a law? I guess the unfortunate fact is that some people can't take the sight of a baby being fed in a most natural manner without thinking it is going to instantly turn little Johnny who happens to be walking by into a future pervert and predator.

We grew up in a very odd time, and I think that (thankfully) the pendulum is starting to swing back. The 50s, 60s, and 70s were a very arrogant time for humans. We decided we could do everything better. My mom says I was not breastfed, because the doctors told her that formula was better. Butter is OK, but margarine is better. Cotton is OK, but rayon is better. A pork chop is OK, but an oversized pork chop pumped full of saline solution and a lifetime of hormones is better. This thinking was so pervasive, that we are stuck living that way to this day.

It is laughable that we have to pay a premium for natural and organic food. We pay extra to have humans NOT do anything to screw up our food. Natural and organic food had a stigma of being only for tree-hugging, granola-munching hippies who don't shave or bathe. Thankfully, it is going more mainstream. In other words, we are starting to regress back to the time when we didn't interfere with the natural growth of our food. Why am I glad about that? Because the stuff tastes better. A lot better. Take a bite of a Kroger pork chop and a bite of a Wild Oats pork chop. There is a huge difference.

So back to the breastfeeding. When did we decided that feeding a baby in this manner could possibly be considered indecent? It's crazy. Ladies, if you have a baby you are breastfeeding, go out in public and do it! We obviously need to be desensitized to this "indecent" sight. In fact, I'll go one better. Get 'em out whether you have a baby or not! The more boobs we see in public, the less likely we are to turn in to perverts and predators. Get 'em out! Get 'em out, I say!

Well, OK, you can wait 'till summer.


At 11:21 AM , Blogger Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

Oh, awesome post.

The thing is, we kinda do need a law saying breastfeeding in public is OK. There was some big drama awhile ago about this, actually. Here 's a link.

At 6:48 PM , Blogger mariemon said...

Yes, organic food does taste better. I think it's a big game though. You can't really be for sure that organic food is really organic, now can you? I've had some organic food that wasn't all that impressive. Oh yeah, what's up with organic milk? I'm all about pasterizing and antibiotics. What's wrong with not getting food poisoning?


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