what’s more inappropriate?

This?

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or this?

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The first one is an image I am bombarded with every time I venture outdoors. Women, not just girls, with their arses hanging out all over the place in teeny, tiny, short shorts which it looks like they stole from their nieces dollhouse. Apparently its fashion. Apparently a lot of people dont have mirrors anymore.

The second, is a mother breastfeeding her baby. A perfectly natural and beautiful part of raising a child.

Disappointingly, todays news headlines in Australia once again speak of a woman being asked to leave a public space due to the fact that she was breastfeeding. On one of the hottest summer days we have experienced, this mother had taken her children to the local swimming pool. When her 11 month old required feeding, she did what most mothers would do. She fed her. Shock horror! Staff at the pool promptly advised her that she was required to “refrain from feeding out in the open” and was asked to either leave or go to the change rooms where no-one could see her.

Are you kidding me? This is a POOL. A public space where there were no doubt men prancing around in grossly misfitting speedos and woman in bikinis which only Miranda Kerr should be allowed to wear, yet this woman feeding her baby is what is causing offense?

Why is it that some people within society are so grossly offended by a breastfeeding mother? Now, I’ve never been a breastfeeder before. I will get to know the “joys” (or challenges!) of breastfeeding in a couple of months when my son arrives, but I can tell you, if anyone takes it upon themselves to ask me to “refrain” from feeding my son in public, I will find it hard to “refrain” from punching them in the face.

I understand that as with anything, a certain amount of common sense is required. I have no plans to flop the ole tit out in front of a bunch of school kids and let my son have a nice big free for all. There should be decorum and general decency in how you breastfeed your baby and how much you cover up. But at the end of the day, its a mothers choice.

Unfortunately a lot of the comments I have seen today regarding this story, reek of chauvinism and ignorance and a general belief that a mother breastfeeding her baby is a perverted site. Get real people. You want to know what is more perverted – having to see what the girl walking in front of me ate for breakfast because her shorts are so freaking short!

This story touched a nerve with me today. Maybe its fear that I will one day have to deal with what was no doubt an awful situation for the mother in this story. Maybe its fear that our society can be so backwards that this has once again made the news. Maybe I’m just sick of seeing inappropriate short shorts. Who knows. But to all you breastfeeding mamas out there – get your tits out girls. Screw those who are offended by something so perfectly natural. You feed your baby when and how you want to.

xx A

the news story can be found here

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11 thoughts on “what’s more inappropriate?

  1. I’ve been at the pool in the last week and there have been Mum’s feeding. Quite honestly I dont think anyone really noticed or cared. How do you watch your other kids if you have to go to the changeroom. Strange world we live in.

    Oh and I HATE those shorts!

    Thanks for linking up with #TUST

    Annaleis – Blogs and PR Team Member

  2. Those shorts are outrageous!! Did I notice ‘Dora” on the bum too?? Totally inappropriate for a little girl to be wearing those (and most big girls too – except Miranda Kerr of course).

    The whole breast feeding thing makes my blood boil! I have never been asked to leave somewhere when I was feeding, but I ever was I would definitely be fighting back!! I agree with Annaleis – how on earth are you supposed to watch your other kids in the water if you have to go elsewhere to feed. Ridiculous!!

    Robyn (Mrs D) – Blogs and PR Team member x

  3. The way people carrying on about women breastfeeding in public would make one think they were doing something terribly wrong.
    I have no problem with seeing women feed their babes in public.
    I’d actually rather see women feeding babies than couples sticking their tongues down each others throats and hands who knows where!!

    Dropping in from Blogs & PR !!

  4. Totally love this post, I am sick of seeing bums cheeks and what they had for breakfast. Breastfeeding is just awesome and I used to do it in public and used to get looks but after my 3rd time around I didn’t care! Visiting from Blogs and PR – Emily

  5. I feel bad for any woman given a hard time breastfeeding. Luckily I never experienced it, not trying to brag, but it does surprise me that it happens.

  6. Ladies, I think we start a public campaign to ban those shorts! hahaha ! Can you imagine – walking up to girls whose arses are hanging out to do them the civil courtesy of letting them know their arses are offensive! Might start it tomorrow. xx A

  7. Love this post. Funnily enough I saw two girls walking in front of me the other day wearing shorts like that and actually felt like going up to them! I can’t believe this happened. I find it so preposterous! I remember breastfeeding in Public in London and I felt so uncomfortable. I thought it was more relaxed here but obviously not! Visiting from #TUST

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