'Breast-Feeding Is Obscene'
Thirty-nine states currently have laws that specifically allow women to breast-feed in any public or private location. Apparently, that doesn't apply to nursing over the Internet.
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald last week reported a story on Facebook's antibreast-feeding stance. The social networking site that recently opened its doors to grown-ups has been removing user photos of breast-feeding, calling them obscene, and has blocked some nursing-mom-photoposters from the site, including breastfeeding advocate and blogger Karen Speed.
According to SMH, Facebook spokeswoman Meredith Chin said, "Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed." Much like every other breastfeeding mom slight in the past few years (most recently Applebee's and Delta Air Lines), this one has sparked a protest of its own. The virtual ban has been met with a virtual group/petition entitled: "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" Since the group's launch in June, more than 9,000 folks, both men and women, have joined it.
Moms who have posted photos ask, what constitutes "exposed breast?" Is it the nipple or the inch or so of flesh you see after the baby's latched on? Many simply are telling Facebook to grow up. Breast-feeding is natural and healthy for children. The government encourages moms to nurse. Many states protect women's rights to do so wherever they may be when their hungry babies start demanding food.
I've got to think that the folks at Facebook have better things to do than battle over a woman's right to nurse in public, particularly with all the much more obscene groups on the site focused on both women's and men's genitalia. What do you think?
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