Boobies: To See or Not to See

A Facebook friend recently posted a poll that asked, “Do you think women should be forced to cover up when breastfeeding in public?”

The Facebook friend voted “YES” in the poll. Here are some of the comments that came out of that posting.

I’m not saying don’t breastfeed ladies, so don’t get your panties in a wad. I’m just saying cover it up, everyone out there doesn’t want to see your kid suckle your teat. I know it’s a natural thing, but you know what? Takin’ a dump is a natural thing too but you don’t see me doin’ it in public do you?

There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public, but it is offensive when women spill out the entire breast for the world to few. It is private, sweet moments shared between a mother and her child and should stay that way. Be respectful of yourself and others, use something to cover yourself.

As for breastfeeding, I think it’s very nice and lovely for all concerned. Personally, I don’t care to see it being done, especially in public

I really don’t care if you don’t cover it up ladies, as long as you don’t care if I peek. Deal?

I was kind of flummoxed at these reactions. Why does anyone care whether or not a little boob gets exposed while a mother is trying to breastfeed her baby? First of all, I’m pretty sure most women would prefer to do it somewhere quiet, comfortable and private because it’s just better all around for the whole process. But sometimes, your kiddie gets hungry when you’re out and about (and they do tend to not always follow a rigidly prescribed schedule). The babe in question gets cranky and commences to wailing and there is no private place available except the public washroom which is nasty, so you sit yourself down in a public thoroughfare and do what needs to be done.

Again, I’m pretty sure no nursing mother wants to flash the general public, but sometimes it can’t be helped, especially if the kiddie is a bit older and doesn’t like having a blanket over its head.

So,  some boobie will make an appearance —  if you’re paying close attention and have trouble averting your eyes. Why is this a problem?  Breasts are not offensive. Men let them hang out all the time. Feeding a child is not the same sort of “natural process” as taking a dump. Breastfeeding, as another commenter pointed out, doesn’t leave behind a stinky pile of poop for you to clean up.

Yes, many people think boobies are sexual organs and therefore apparently need to be kept behind closed doors or on the pages of  Playboy, but boobies are also essential to the nurturing of infants and toddlers – in fact, my research indicates that this is, in fact, their primary biological purpose!!!!!

So, why does this issue inflame and offend so many people?