- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
Oh Gosh, I’m really not trying to stir up drama. I swear.
From the bottom of my heart, I am genuinely curious about the grey area surrounding breastfeeding and the stigma surrounding the exposure of a woman’s breast in public. After my first thread, and seeing so many different views, this is obviously a very controversial topic. It’s especially interesting to me because I am childfree, so I personally cannot relate to the experience of breastfeeding, ergo my understanding is limited.
This is a post from my earlier thread on breastfeeding:
My issue has never been with breastfeeding, or really even showing a breast. It’s the principle that women with infants can completely expose a breast (like you said, it 100% happens), but people would lose their shit if I was to just pop a tit out in line at Starbucks. So it’s not breastfeeding that irks me (at all- I’m really on team breastfeeding here), it’s the hypocrisy.
Also, and I’m really going on a hypothetical here:
What if I had the ability to nurse (ie. I had an infant and was producing milk), but my infant was not with me? I am almost positive that people would NOT support my fiance sucking on my nipple to get milk from it. (I WOULD NEVER DO THIS. EVER.). I mean, TECHNICALLY, I would still be feeding a person.
Not me specifically, just copying and pasting what I said earlier
The main argument would be that it was too sexual, and attracting negative sexual attention. But then, there has to be some weirdos who love to watch women breastfeeding. I’ve seen breastfeeding porn, so I know that it exists as a fetish. So we could also say that’s sexual.
Another argument is that a mother could say: “Well my baby needs this, and this is the only way to feed my child. Counter argument to that is “bottle feeding does exist, breastfeeding is a choice.” (NOT MY WORDS, JUST POINTING IT OUT) Again, NOT trying to stir up shit. Just genuinely being curious, as someone who has never breastfed. Devil’s advocate.