Thursday, January 1, 2009

No One Wants to See Your Boobs

I realize you may think this is one of those things that doesn't need saying. But apparently there are a few people out there who remain a bit clueless about this basic fact of life. A bunch of breastfeeding nutcases are upset at Facebook for removing graphic pictures of their children being breastfed. For the record, Facebook does not remove most breastfeeding photos because they follow the site's terms of use policies. They only remove pictures "containing a fully exposed breast"; i.e., nipple and all. But these women are very upset and offended by the removal of their booby photos in the course of "a very natural process".

Well, of course breastfeeding is a natural and perfectly good thing to do, but no one wants to see your boobs. And memo to all the crazy breast-flashers out there, you can actually breastfeed very discreetly, even without a blanket. There is absolutely no need to whip out your breast as if it's about to be used in a gun fight. Using the restroom is also a natural and normal activity, but no one thinks they should be allowed to post pictures of themselves participating in that process. And if they did, normal people would be rightly disgusted.

Now, I'm all for breastfeeding. If you can do it and want to, that's great. If you can't do it or don't want to, that's also fine. I don't care how you feed your baby. As long as it doesn't mean I have to be surprised by photos of your naked breasts or spend half an hour trying to avert my eyes as you hang out in all your glory, I don't care what you do. But come on people, have a little decency and a little respect for others.

Ladies, it's time to cover up.


Evil HR Lady said...

Being somewhat of a rabid, hippy, nurse-in-public type myself, I have to ask: If you are truly in the process of feeding your child, why is your nipple showing? I'm pretty sure I've been doing it right and that is always covered.

fiona said...

I just heard about this, too, I didn't know it was about totally exposed boobs! Yeah, that's not cool. The example I saw was of a pretty much totally covered up one, which is perfectly fine in my book. If people want to share modest pictures of their little ones nursing, go ahead. I've seen a lot worse on FB. Well, not a lot of the "lot worse" stuff, but I have been surprised now and then, unfortunately.

And yeah, how does one bf with an exposed nipple? that is interesting...I've done a lot of public feedings, and I'm pretty sure I haven't flashed a nipple, usually a little person makes sure that is completely covered.

Megan B said...

The title alone had me rolling! I, for one, don't nurse in public at all. Why?? Because I so totally suck at it. I have to strip down to embarassing nakedness to get the job done. If I BF'ed in public, there would be a lot more than just one nipple showing. And trust me, my back fat is just as disgusting.