Breastfeeding: Nudity or Nurture?

Let’s face it…boobs are nothing new.

It’s the year 2016, where women are at their sexual peak, both in the media and in the bedroom. There are virtually no limits to the exposition of women and their bodies! Magazines, movies, and billboards pay women billions of dollars every year for the use of their (mostly) nude bodies in an attempt to allure consumers into buying their advertised products, and it works! Men love it, buying into the marketed hype that suggests a certain type of beer will certainly win them the hot, sexy blonde that’s plastered on the cardboard box. Even women believe that if they buy one of the skimpy Victoria’s Secret swimsuits, then they will transform into the women that the beer-buyers desire.

It’s a new era, and almost all types of female nudity have been accepted by our generation…but one subject seems to be getting a rise out of the public: the subject of breastfeeding. More specifically, breastfeeding in public.

It doesn’t take much research to find a group of outraged citizens who are more concerned about a little breast-exposure during their dinner than the 78.9 billion pornography videos watched in one year via PornHub alone (and probably by their own husbands). All it took was a quick search on Twitter to find what I was looking for:

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These women are being exploited on social media for feeding their child in public, but nobody even bats an eye when breasts are exposed for advertisement and/or entertainment purposes. It’s all about the sexualization of the female body, and if it is being used as such, is deemed appropriate by society.

Kellymom brings up some fantastic points, vouching for the validity of a woman’s right to breastfeed her child in public, asking “if a bottle-fed baby can have her dinner in public, why shouldn’t a breastfed baby have the same rights? And I’m certainly not going to stay cooped up at home all the time because I’m afraid that my baby will get hungry while we’re gone.”

It’s 2016, and women’s rights have become far too advanced for controversies such as this. One man’s argument, via Twitter, implied that women shouldn’t expose themselves to feed their babies for fear that men won’t be able to control their own sexual desires! And it’s the woman’s problem? I think not.

2016, we are better than that. Let’s act accordingly to the year we live in.

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