People get all upset over a semi-naked breast being used as intended.

As long as we’re talking tits at the moment I’d like you take a good gander at the magazine cover over there on the right and tell me if you think it’s all that inappropriate. As you can see it involves two things that go together in nature: A baby and a woman’s breast. The baby, being a baby, is doing what babies do when presented with a breast. Considering the cover is for a magazine called BabyTalk it seems like a perfectly reasonable image to make use of. So why is it that some folks seem to be so offended by it?

“I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine,” one person wrote. “I immediately turned the magazine face down,” wrote another. “Gross,” said a third.

Gross? A baby feeding from its mother’s breast is gross?! What the fuck is wrong with that person?

One mother who didn’t like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it.

“I shredded it,” said Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas, in a telephone interview. “A breast is a breast—it’s a sexual thing. He didn’t need to see that.”

What the hell is she worried her 13 year-old son might do? Start trying to suckle every woman he comes across? Heaven forbid her son should have a clue what tits are actually supposed to be used for! He might get ideas in his head! Like he hasn’t already.

It’s the same reason that Ash, 41, who nursed all three of her children, is cautious about breast-feeding in public—a subject of enormous debate among women, which has even spawned a new term: “lactivists,” meaning those who advocate for a woman’s right to nurse wherever she needs to.

“I’m totally supportive of it—I just don’t like the flashing,” she says. “I don’t want my son or husband to accidentally see a breast they didn’t want to see.”

Trust me lady, unless it’s their grandmother’s boob then chances are there’s not too many tits out there your husband and son would mind seeing—assuming, of course, that they’re heterosexual. Hell, for that matter, even if they’re gay they probably won’t be offended at the brief site of someone’s tit as they’re setting up to nurse their kid.

“Gross, I am sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob,” wrote Lauren, a mother of a 4-month-old.

It simply amazes me the reaction this garners from people and apparently the majority of them think nursing in public shouldn’t be allowed:

The evidence of public discomfort isn’t just anecdotal. In a survey published in 2004 by the American Dietetic Association, less than half—43 percent—of 3,719 respondents said women should have the right to breast-feed in public places.

Grow the fuck up, people. This shouldn’t be a big deal. Hell, at one point in time not THAT long ago, it was the only way to feed a baby.

Found through TPRS.

27 thoughts on “People get all upset over a semi-naked breast being used as intended.

  1. I guess that answers their cover question “Why don’t women nurse longer?”

    Actually, if I worked in their P.R. department, I’d answer those folks with this email:

    “It’s not a breast, you sick freak. It’s the mothers elbow. You need to seek some profession help, perv!”

  2. One mother who didn’t like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it.

    That’s probably the least “dirty” thing on his mind at that age!

  3. [Tags this for something to rant about on his own page.]

    What a bunch of …

    Word fail me.  Which is a bad thing to have happen during the Blogathon …

  4. I guess I’m wrong for showing that image to my 11 year old son as far as these women are concerned. Doesn’t bother him in the least. He’s seen mine one too many times. You know. When running out of the bathroom while showering due to an emergency like someone trying to burn down the house. Should I be ashamed? Nope. I’m saving not only our home, but my children. Naked yes, but safe.

  5. Tiiana: Should I be ashamed? Nope.

    RIGHT!
    When I got to here to Bathurst a long time ago my nephew who’ll be 30 next Saturday was being breast-fed by my sister who often had girl-friends around who were also breast-feeding their new-borns.
    I remember one saying to me: Take a good look, John … can’t remember what UNnasty thing she followed with … but I did.
    It was not big deal after a while.
    I can’t understand people who think it is.
    On the plane coming back from Tassie last month the girl in the seat beside me breast-fed her 3 month old.
    UNembarrassingly I had a look, smiled and went back to my book.
    Having one arm occupied by baby use I helped her pickup or move a coupla things during the trip and at the end of it she thanked me for the help.

    “A breast is a breast—it’s a sexual thing. He didn’t need to see that.

  6. This strikes me as honest, profound, even artistic.  Show me a baby sucking on a rubber breast and I would have the same reaction I had to the shampoo/conditioner dispenser. I’m not going to pretend I can understand my aversion, though.

    A couple of weeks ago I was coming into the office area at work and the site manager’s daughter was there with her 3 month old. I had to walk by her to get to my office cubicle and as I was doing so, suddenly I realized she wasn’t just holding her baby, she was breast feeding her.

    My initial reaction was embarrassment and I averted my eyes and rushed past her, feeling somewhat angry. Still, I don’t think it was because she forced me to see a bare breast but that I felt I had invaded her privacy. Never mind that she was doing it in a public space, I still felt as though I had done something wrong somehow.

    As I was coming back from my area a co-worker, who had been standing there talking to her, watched me carefully as if suspecting I was going to try to get another eyeful of a chance breast sighting.

    I think that angered me most of all.

    Sometimes you breeders are pigs.

  7. Silly Brock, tits are for kids!  LOL

    Seriously, though, after you’ve had a roomful of people watch you push a large cannonball out of your hoo-hoo, and then have to nurse constantly, like several times an hour around the clock, just pulling up your shirt a bit in public to keep the baby quiet isn’t so bad.

  8. I’ve read the commotion over this and this is the first time I have seen the actual cover. It’s not sexual, it’s beautiful. I wish people would just get over their prudish, interfering selves.

  9. I was pretty flabberghasted when I first read the article.  First off,if you think breastfeeding gross – those little things crap ALL THE TIME.  That’s far worse.

    Second, at least it was photoshopped.  You couldn’t ask for smoother boobs or baby.  *chuckles*

    Finally, I’d hate to see these women be ashamed of themselves in the mirror if they are so grossed out/offended by what they saw on the cover.  That’s what that type of attitude says to me.

  10. even if they’re gay they probably won’t be offended at the brief site of someone’s tit as they’re setting up to nurse their kid.

    About as offended as seeing a woman’s shoulder.

  11. Britain’s best selling newspaper (Murdoch tabloid- nuff said) has ‘the Great British Institution’ of page 3 girl- topless model, every day, taking up most of page 3 (well duh).  Criticise this and you get painted as some a liberal do-gooder.  They actually are having a go at the Salvation Army, for refusing to let British Soldiers put up pin ups in Sally Amy buildings where they are being catered for.  No matter what you think of the SA/religeon, they have certain sensibilities about Soft Porn.

  12. I wonder how many of those folks who recoil at the sight of a woman breastfeeding feel that Muslim woman are “imprisoned” by their having to cover up their bodies completely by the giant burqas? The concept that freedom, by its very nature implies accepting that others get to say and do things one may find distasteful seems to get increasingly buried in this manipulative American society, lately… It’s funny how times have even just changed since I nursed my young’uns in the late 70’s, early 80’s. I was modest, and always covered up, BUT I nursed my kids in many public places, with nary a comment! (Goodbye hippies, hello, Puritans!)

  13. April: It’s funny how times have even just changed since I nursed my young’uns in the late 70’s, early 80’s. I was modest, and always covered up, BUT I nursed my kids in many public places, with nary a comment!

    Is there a specific site that allows comments and which may make a difference in the way the next generation, if not the next, is programmed? smile

  14. I wonder how many objectors feel it is immoral because of their religeon. Well, hey, YOUR God invented it that way.

    Today on Geraldo-
    Is God a pervert?

  15. Bible: Errata.  Insert into Genesis after verse 8:17.
    8:18 And Noah travelled around the earth in the ark, dropping off all the creatures which belonged elsewhere
    8:19 The penguins, and kangaroos, and llamas
    Renumber all subsequent verses as needed.

    You’d think one of the many ghost writers of The Herders’ Guide to the Galaxy woulda thought of that; then again, I guess god, being a fairly busy no body, just forgot to tell them about the existence of Antarctica, Oz and South America.
    It woulda worked if people hadn’t been able to think.
    I think we’re dealing with an amateur fucking god here; he forgot to deal with many things, it seems.

  16. I say let them breast feed I promise not to stare. No really I won’t I promise now just whip that tit out. I’m not staring at all. I’m just noticing how beautiful your tits are. Wait, I mean how wonderful and beautiful it all is. Sorry I did that to prove a point. How many people out there really give two shits about a mom feeding her kid? Most people can are smart enough to distinguish between a hot boob shot and a kid eating. then again the pervert side says HEY HOT MILF TIT.

  17. Most people can are smart enough to distinguish between a hot boob shot and a kid eating. then again the pervert side says HEY HOT MILF TIT.

    Exactly, and that’s the problem: breasts are baby bottles, and breasts are sex- and sex is babies.

    I’d be willing to bet that there would be far fewer perverts if we were more open about sex- and about breastfeeding.

  18. No there will always be perverts. That’s the point. Yes some guys will look, yes some people will be grossed out, and yes some people won’t give a shit. Who really cares? I made that comment because I love tits, but will I wank off to the image of a mom feeding her kids? No I won’t. Breasts just like hips are something that men (whether they like it or not) look at. It may sound sexist to say things like a breast is sexy, but it’s not at all. Hips and breasts are something that on a primal level the male looks at. Males are attracted to a woman that would be a good bearer, and supporter of children. It’s not an evil thing it’s just how a species survives.

  19. What I mean is don’t try to distance the two. Breasts are hot and breasts are tools. Breasts are hot tools.

  20. Zilch: I’d be willing to bet that there would be far fewer perverts if we were more open about sex- and about breastfeeding.

    That’s obvious and logical and could be said about lotsa things including legalising all drugs as well a working girls and brothels; maybe I stretched that a bit tight – maybe the segway didn’t quite work … when has that stopped me?

    Tim: it’s just how a species survives.

    I think there are units out there who a) don’t believe we should be referred to as species. b) believe we are on a separate plane to animals. c) have been programmed to think any aspect of sex is dirty. d) would rather there be a less ‘sinful and dirty’ way of ‘doing it’.
    This is a personal opinion and not necessarily shared by the owner of this site and, I may be entirely wrong.  smile

  21. a) If we are not just animals, then what are we?
    b) we’re not
    c) sex is what it is and that is SURVIVAL of the species.
    d) get a wet nurse.

  22. If you meant a less dirty way of reproducing then doctors are the way to go. They can shove a sperm anywhere now.

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