Saturday, March 27, 2004

Pathetic Earthlings: Expect La Leche Suicide Bombers Shortly

Hey, never let it be said that I have anything but love, honor and respect for women's breasts (1,2,3,4). But there's a time and a place for everything, including suckling your baby.

But oh no, this has to get the full 'civil rights' treatment. As noted here, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, except the private home or residence of another, where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be present." One would hope that that would be broad enough, but some object that this does not extend also into private residences.

No doubt proponents would indulge in flights of near-orgasmic prose extolling the beauty of Nursing a Child. OK. Then why would one choose to deny the public a chance to share in the beauty? If a woman isn't discreet enough to cover up in public during the process it's clear that she craves attention, and I think she should have it. Don't the rest of us have the right to stare, comment, or perhaps even critique?

Well, yeah, there's no law against being a jerk in public. But I for one put the indiscreet breast feeders in the same category. Whether anyone else ought to have grounds for objection is beside the point.

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