Tits, Tits, Tits – What are they For, Anyway?

– or more importantly, WHO are they for?  The Guardian has just launched a campaign to get offensive sexual images off our high streets:

http://www.facebook.com/theguardian

and people have been campaigning for decades on the right to breastfeed in public.  Breastfeeding is a known factor in helping the immune system and aids bonding between mother and baby: yet it is on the decrease.  This is partly because more women are going back to work – though in many office-based jobs could theoretically cope with a feeding baby (I will always remember footage of a ‘Friends’ editorial meeting where a couple of the editors were feeding babies) and I suspect a baby or two around the place would calm a lot of testosterone-fuelled atmospheres.  On the other hand a continually screaming baby would definitely not help… but workplace creches could deal with that.

No: it’s not so much women at work, it’s the idea that milk is a product.  The very worst culprit here is undoubtedly Nestle, who have been marketing formula in the most unscrupulous ways, particularly in Third-world countries:

http://info.babymilkaction.org/nestlefree

Breast milk is not a product – it’s a relationship: a bonding between mother and baby which is beneficial for both.  And what makes me incandescent with rage is that tits on page 3 are OK but breastfeeding is not.  Women should never feel embarrassed about feeding in public.  Why the hell should we have to go to the toilet or to a special room?  Take your sub-pornographic mags into a special room because they offend me.  and not only me but most women and a number of men.

So join the campaign and tell Facebook that breastfeeding is OK in public!  And that tits on the High Street are not!

Kirk out

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One response to “Tits, Tits, Tits – What are they For, Anyway?

  1. jaynestanton

    I can’t believe something so natural has become such a taboo. I never had any negative comments when I breastfed in public twenty-one years ago. And breastfeeding women rarely expose large areas of breast, anyway. Glad this poem’s gone viral:

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