"Lauren's Blitherings"

No BS, genuinely honest op-ed ramblings on a wide range of news articles.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I don't want to see her whip out her breast because I'll be forced to confront my own discomfort around sexuality . . .


At least that's what I think this whole debacle is about.

Thankfully, our current administration is taking the numerous studies into account that point to breastfeeding's betterment for the immunity of the child and the bond between mother and child and mandating that there be a designated space at places of employment for the working moms to be able to breastfeed.

But in an ideal society, the mother and child wouldn't be banned to some secret room.

Yes, people. . they are BREASTS. . .you might get aroused when you see her whip it out to feed her child and have to run home to touch yourself. Or, you might get disgusted at yourself for getting aroused because the breast is attached to an infant's mouth. Or, if you're a female, you may get uncomfortable because you get aroused and it brings up unsorted-out feelings about your sexual orientation. . . or perhaps as a female with body image issues you're just simply uncomfortable because you're comparing her beautiful breast to what society labels as your undesirable breast. Etc, etc, etc. . .

Unfortunately, there is usually no one there with whom a person feels comfortable enough to disclose these feelings as they come up and in turn, that person who they would hypothetically turn to more than likely wouldn't help normalize any of these feelings.

Well, I am telling you right now, from the bottom of my heart. . .any of the above reactions are completely normal. You are OK. Don't be afraid to confront that which makes you so utterly human.

All of my love <3 :)

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