Scott from This Daddy’s Blog brought this news story to my attention about a town in Georgia that just passed a law that bans breast feeding in public. Their justification is that the law was passed to prevent public nudity and public indecency.
But here’s the deal – taking the emotional outrage out of the picture for the moment – they allow public breastfeeding of children under 2, but if the child is over 2 it is against the law. Is it just me or is this hypocritical? Either a breast is indecent exposure and therefore nursing at any age would be indecent, or it’s not and it shouldn’t matter the age of the child. Right?
Adding back the emotional outrage – @^#%$@#! The nasty words aside, here are my thoughts:
1) The government has NO right telling me or any woman what age is acceptable for breast feeding and what age is too old. Get out of my decisions about what I think is right for MY child.
2) There is nothing, absolutely nothing, indecent about a woman’s body displayed for nonsexual purposes. Whether it be posing for an art class or breast feeding, a woman’s body is natural and beautiful. Period. This hypersensitivity to nudity upsets me. It promotes body image issues on our daughters by instilling a feeling of shame and gives the message that there is something “wrong” with their body. The issue is not with the women breast feeding, but with the person that is offended. Get over it! Develop a sense of maturity that exceeds junior high where the word breast creates giggles.
I am not advocating for women to walk down the street naked, but I do think the puritanism applied by this law has been taken too far and should be repealed.
Ok, stepping off of my soap box now.
As usual, I highly encourage you to comment with your thoughts and welcome disagreement.