Cleavage is Hot; Breastfeeding is Nasty?
Posted by BroadBlogs
A mother breastfeeds her baby at a mall, a bus stop or on a public bench.
How do people respond?
- Do you have to do that here?
- There are private places where you can do that.
- You disgust me! That’s not something you can do in public. You’ve got to go home.
The word “disgust” comes up a lot.
When mom doesn’t stop, the offended make a quick exit.
(Every now and then someone is fine with it.)
Sexy vs Breastfeeding in Public
What happens when mom sits next to a voluptuous woman in a low-cut blouse? With each woman showing the same amount of “boob-age”?
As usual, mom is almost always “disgusting.”
But sexy lady?
- That’s just how her shirt is. That’s fine.
- That’s hot!
Actually, breasts were made to nourish babies. So feeding them should be completely natural.
Why are folks so uncomfortable?
Probably because we eroticize breasts. And that’s not natural, it’s a social construct that you don’t find in every culture.
Through the prism of our cultural breast fetish, a baby with its mouth on a nipple can feel disorienting, disconcerting, and even disgusting. Maybe even sexually taboo.
Video by JoeySalads here.
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About BroadBlogsI have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.
Posted on February 17, 2016, in feminism, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, women and tagged BreastFeeding in Public Social Experiment, feminism, JoeySalads, objectification, psychology, sex, sexuality, women. Bookmark the permalink. 83 Comments.