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May 20th 2011 10:26AM Mike-You rock. If you are a Dad, then you REALLY rock. It gives me hope that beyond all the dimwits out there swinging at windmills, there are smart, moderate and open-minded folk out there who truly know what our rights are, not just parrot some talking head on the news. THANK YOU!
May 19th 2011 10:21PM Amen! And let's remember that all this indignant outrage over a mother breastfeeding in public is from the same country that spawned a chain restaurant that hawks chicken wings and bad food from waitresses with giant boobs. I'm willing to bet that some of the same folks that are so angry about publicly nursing Moms are the same ones who oogle the cheerleaders at football games, buy SI swimsuit issue (or playboy for that matter), and eat those chicken wings at a place named after breasts with gusto! Only in America...
May 19th 2011 10:07PM Bhen--thank you for your logical comment. As more and more of us choose to and support others who choose to breastfeed, then more kids will grow up and not view this as a "sexual" or disgusting act. It's amazing the bizarre anger you read on these boards regarding nursing of children in public. At the risk of sounding a little on the granola-nut-crunchy side, I say that a lot of folks A) were not breastfed B) were not breastfed long enough C) need a hug. It takes at least one generation to positively change and for ignorance to die out...
May 19th 2011 9:56PM Thank you for a decent male perspective! I have to wonder if there isn't some kind of lobby for the formula manufacturers that gets these laws passed and viral marketing going on with these kinds of laws and AP news stories on the web. (I mean, who really really gets icked out at this, or are they just repeating that it is icky because that's what everyone else says--major marketing ploy there, and a common tool when selling something for positive or negative "airtime".) There are specific laws to prevent rumor mongering (which formula companies rampantly did back when it was first introduced as "superior to breastmilk" to get nervous moms to stop nursing and instead mix up some foul smelling concoction with water to pad the pockets of a greedy company) here in the US now, but it doesn't stop the formula companies now hitting up China and the Middle East trying to sway the public there into believing that formula is better than breastmilk so they can make $$$ off a new customer base and start a generational shift to formula. Now that so many Americans see breastfeeding as gross and icky, they'll train their young children to feel the same way and formula companies laugh all the way to the bank. They are sowing those negative seeds internationally now...they've taken root here already.
May 19th 2011 9:40PM I think the analogies are to point out that "offensive" nudity is very subjective and that spending tax payer money and law enforcement to enforce such a ban on breastfeeding a specific aged child is ridiculous. I mean, does a mom need to carry around proof of age for her child to avoid arrest? Should she wear a burka when nursing? And my point is that if we start making laws like this for a nursing mother then why stop there--I don't want to see some tart in a tank top and no bra or a gross guy in a wife beater with his man boobs showing from the sides, but should I lobby for a law and then tax supported law enforcement to waste time finding and charging/arresting the offenders? Come on. You don't want to see? Don't look. If I have to drive by a giant Hooters billboard every day with my kids on the way to elementary school when our country bans breastfeeding then I think I have a right to be a bit ticked.
May 19th 2011 8:40PM I agree--where is the line people? How about women who show off the skills of a surgeon and silicone? What about guys who play shirts and skins basketball? I mean, geesh. I love all the fuss and storm about "nudity" when it is a such a subjective issue...and this over breastfeeding? What is wrong with this country? We can sell magazines with tooth-floss swimsuits on an annual SI rag in every shopping aisle in this country but some gov't body is BANNING BREASTFEEDING? I wish I was still nursing so I could drive there and breastfeed my kid and DARE them to arrest me. GAH!
May 5th 2011 6:47PM At least Madonna tried to be edgy for a cause--her Black Jesus video was shocking because it was so progressive in thought and message. This is just, well, shocking. Difference between crass and classy. And GaGa isn't even trying to be classy at this point...she's laughing all the way to the bank. And she is so dratted smart! Come on, lady, class up! Make a positive difference in this world AND sell songs.
May 3rd 2011 12:49PM I'm all for conservation, but what is the point of this video? These animals were clearly distressed, worried and this was probably a major event in their lives as they scrambled to protect their young and form ranks against someone invading their territory. Okay, lady--educate us, but don't freak out the innocent animals just trying to live out their lives. She's chuckling and did this for entertainment purposes. The end is sweetly played with the music over her petting one, but again, what was the point? Are they trying to keep these animals wild? Or tame them and make them showcases? Ugh. Not sure what the point is with this and hate feeling so curmudgeony about it...sorry. It just makes me think of all the idiots who feed gators here in FL just to get a cheap thrill. Later it's those gators that take out a family pet, child or attack someone swimming. Gah.
Apr 26th 2011 12:18PM Amen! I don't dispute the study, but the interpretation of the results.
I see more and more mothers "too busy" to hold their babies (instead letting them fuss in the car or in the stroller in car seats) and rigidly enforcing eating and sleeping schedules (so, if baby is hungry or tired they simply fuss and cry themselves to sleep).
Disassociation with babies would be my interpretation of today's dilemma. I even spent two hours at my friend's home cringing and in a mild state of panic myself as I had to sit there and listen to her month old baby "cry it out" alone in another room in a crib to fall asleep for naptime. It didn't seem to bother her, but I was crawling the walls. I just don't understand why we can't hold them, love them, nurse/feed them on demand and just let them develop in a state of love and trust.
Seriously. Scientists need a study to figure out why kids are anxious? Moms--hang up the phone. Hold that baby. Nurse that baby. Soothe that baby. Model healthy emotional reactions in front of baby. GAH.
Apr 14th 2011 4:47PM Drew looks like the vibrant, fun girl she is--no matter the hair color. But, um, is anyone else noticing this is an article covering the cosmetic color change of a celebrity's hair who was attending a "Beauty Detox" book event?
Drew and any other woman, celebrity or no, looks fine--even without all the beauty products and procedures that are touted as making us gorgeous.
I just can't help snickering a bit over the (unintended?) irony.