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St. Augustine on breastfeeding

Branson Parler

TimF
July 16, 2013

Branson, great job. If more women in our society felt the freedom to breastfeed their children in public without ogling or condemnation, I think this debate would eventually fade into the background. As long as bare breasts are predominantly viewed as commercial sexual commodities, we'll continue to have distorted discussions on the subject. Modesty? Hooey! It's about feeding babies!

Cheers,
Tim
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Phil Weingart
July 17, 2013

Advertising has something to do with the current, oversexualization of American culture, yes. But progressive social engineering has far more to do with it, and there is a danger that addressing commercialism will push us even further into the progressive vision.

The sexual images forced on us by advertising are a rather small thing compared to the vast sexual onslaught of popular music, primary and secondary education, and the progressive agenda of the entertainment industry. It is quite plain that sexuality is added to entertainment, not because it sells (it often does not) but because it suits the political and social agenda of those who influence those corners of our culture. We could condemn consumer culture entirely and the sexualizing would not stop.

Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
July 18, 2013

Wonderful piece. I still think some Christian/ "modest" folks are freaked out about public nursing because they're terrified of boobs and lust and God knows else, but this is a terrific bit:

"Perhaps breastfeeding is shocking (even disgusting) to a consumerist culture because of the scandalous fact of the free, functional, life-giving power of breast milk. It’s free, it’s not sexual and it can’t be packaged and sold."

As a woman who spent 6 years nursing babies, that gave me chills.

Thanks for writing!

TimF
July 19, 2013

"they're terrified of boobs and lust and God knows else"

Best line I've read all day, Caryn!

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