Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Is There No Decency?

Ok, I try not to make fun of people who feel very passionately about a cause, because I do believe that passion and dedication are what change society and initiate progress. However, can I just take a moment to point out a new phenomenon - the lactivist.

Granted, breast feeding is very, very important and definitely the healthiest choice for a baby, but nursing mothers everywhere, did you maybe not consider the fact that nobody wants to see someone breastfeeding her baby in public. It's not that it's socially unacceptable - like seeing two gay men hold hands, as is suggested by the article - it's merely that it's something that should be done in private.

There are plenty of things relegated to the private sphere, not because there's anything wrong with them, but merely because as limited as it may be, this country still does have a modicum of decency left and would rather leave certain things behind closed doors, and breastfeeding is one of those things.

But lactivist is a kinda cool word...


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