Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lactivists Unite!

This is tangentally related to a post Forro made way back when, but Provo women are back in the news, and not in a good way.  We're now the home of the people who want to allow breast feeding pictures on Facebook
First of all, I would like to know what all the fuss is.  I'm all for providing places for women to breast feed, indeed, those little kids have to eat.  My kids wouldn't have been happy if they just had to sit there and cry because my wife couldn't take care of business with them.  However, just like with everything else, there is a time and a place for everything.  The time and place for breast feeding isn't in the middle of a crowded restaurant (without cover), on Facebook, or while you're being interviewed by CBS Evening News.  Instead, just like many other bodily functions, you should exercise discretion.  Just because peeing is a natural bodily function, you don't see me slapping that all over my Facebook profile.  Also, beyond the discretion argument, how about the one where you let people make the rules whereby you can play in their sandbox?  If you want to play there, you can, but if you break their rules, you'll be booted out.  If you don't like it, go somewhere else.  I'm sure that Breastbook would be happy to have you.


Cheeth said...

Lactivism is a lot like libertarianism to me, in the sense that in principle, I tend to agree with them, but in practice, almost all their adherents are kooks.

I think lactivists hurt their cause by being too militant.

I can see how a lady would have SOME cause to sue Burger King for not letting her bring out the mammaries, but it's not as if Facebook is a physical place where a militant lactivist can actually claim a need to nourish her future awkward-due-to-home-schooling progeny. Plus, I think a private enterprise should be able to make its own rules, no matter how discriminatory.

That said, I think U.S. society is still way too influenced by Victorian "morals", and that a set of breasts is nothing to get in a fuss over.

Michael Brady said...

Victorian or Calvinist, take your pick.