Monday, February 26, 2007

Myspace Breastfeeding Controversy

The latest attack on breastfeeding comes from Myspace. Apparently the website has taken to removing photos of mothers nursing their babies, calling them "inappropriate." What's inappropriate is that they don't remove the sexually explicit photos in other members' profiles, yet they target the members that choose to display nursing photos. How is this fair? What kind of message does this send?

Here's the video:

It reminds me of this email I received a few months ago. I've copied it (in quotes) here below:

"Ew. Gross. I completely agree!!!

Wait... Well, this is a bad example. let's try again...

Hmmm... Just a minute.

Surely I can find better ones than these...

That's better. LOOK AT THAT! I see about an inch of boob! Totally disgusting, right?

Ugh! Look at that indecency!! She must be from some third world country to be exposed like that!!

Now thats just... there's no words to describe how innappropriate that is. Something needs to be done!! But why stop at breastfeeding women? There are boobs everywhere. beware! If you thought the above photos were offensive, you WILL DEFINITELY be offended by the photos below.

Not this one, though. This was in plain view on newstands and in mailboxes in 19 countries world wide!

Not this one either. This one actually won an award!

Oh, and I guess this ones fine too. Since everyone knows you can't sell jeans without someone being topless.

Or beer, for that matter!

Or sunglasses.

Or movie tickets.

Or CDs...

You know what? Maybe I'm crazy, but I think that someone mixed up some photos here. The first batch are offensive, but the second batch are just fine and dandy....

People who live in glass bras...

Shouldn't throw stones...

If you think women have the right to breastfeed their children no matter where they are, please repost this. You've reposted jokes, and surveys. The least you can do is help some children get the best nutrition they can get. Breastfed babies have lower instances of obesity, asthma, allergies, certain childhood diseases, learning disabilities, and other health problems. For each woman who feels like she shouldn't be breastfeeding right where she is, there is an innocent baby who is losing out. Don't be responsible for any child's health problems. Support breastfed babies and their right to eat in public!! "

If anyone else feels as strongly about this as me, please consider taking action. It's unfair to classify nursing photos as inappropriate and not do the same for the hundreds or thousands of sexually suggestive photos too. If you've never been to Myspace, go take a look. I can guarantee it won't take you more than 5 minutes to find a provactive photo that shows more breast than most breastfeeding mothers.

Our society has become programmed to believe that breasts exsist for one purpose only: sexual pleasure. While it's true that they are good for that, they serve a much higher purpose. They are designed to feed babies. That's why they make milk! There is no reason to view breastfeeding as a sexual act though. Those are 2 entirely different functions. While breastfeeding is an intimate act, it is not one which can be equated with the act of sex. it's feeding a baby for goodness sake!

Please consider signing this petition:

If you have a myspace account, add a breastfeeding photo to your profile now! I think I'll add this one to my profile:

Offensive enough?

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