[tag]Maggie Gyllenhaal[/tag] nursed her baby in public. And someone took a picture.

Why is this news again?

Oh, that’s right. There are still people out there who believe that breasts in Playboy are “art”, but those used by a mother on a park bench to feed her child are “obscene”. And I thought Alabama was a little bit backwards? Seems we are downright progressive compared to some of the commenters here.

I especially had to laugh at a couple who seemed to suggest that their own hangup about women [tag]nursing in public[/tag] somehow trumped that of a baby’s right to be fed. A person has a RIGHT to eat, you my friends do not have a RIGHT to ‘not be offended’, because if that truly were a right, I’d personally have you hauled away for offending me with your ass-backwards attitudes.

Just my opinion, as always.

27 Comments on A Boob! In Public!! Oh, the Humanity!!!

  1. Tuesday
    May 9, 2007 at 10:21 am (11 years ago)

    People are stupid. End of story.

  2. Annie
    May 9, 2007 at 10:22 am (11 years ago)

    I had to stop reading the comments after the ‘smelly bodily fluid’ comment. Sad. Good for Maggie I say. I will be on a busy flight to Ireland soon, I WILL be nursing my 7 month old. I contemplated getting a ‘hooter hider’ (hate that term) but have decided not to – anyone who cops an eyeful is just going to have to deal with it.

    I am grateful though, as much as I have nursed each of my babies in public, I have yet to encounter a rude look or comment.

  3. Flo
    May 9, 2007 at 10:25 am (11 years ago)

    As not only a breastfeeder, but an EXTENDED breastfeeder (the horrors!)-I am so very, very tired of this whole “your breastfeeding offends me” thing put out there by some people. As any breastfeeding mother knows, breastfeeding is about the LEAST sexy thing one can do with her breasts. I can’t wait for the day when everyone gets the hell over it and shuts the hell up already-if that day ever comes.

    So yeah, I totally agree with you.

  4. QofS
    May 9, 2007 at 10:40 am (11 years ago)



  5. Swistle
    May 9, 2007 at 10:44 am (11 years ago)

    This subject makes me so, so crazy. This is what breasts are FOR. The fact that they’ve also been sexualized is not the nursing mother’s problem. I try to be respectful when I’m nursing in public (that is, I don’t deliberately try to startle people, or try to make a point of “Look, I have a legitimate reason for lifting my shirt so I’m going to do it as ostentatiously as possible!”), but after that I consider it other people’s problem if they have an issue with it. Luckily, I’ve never noticed anyone having a problem with it. In fact, a few times someone has come over and said something positive about it, which surprised me.

  6. kellypea
    May 9, 2007 at 11:37 am (11 years ago)

    Hmmm…a campaign to have the celebs who have bared their breasts for a buck go on crusade to bare their nursing babies and breasts for a worthy cause to get the point across that boobs are for babies. Some of the biggest losers are women who have chosen NOT to nurse their children, but consider it inappropriate for everyone else. Sour grapes in there somewhere.

    Oh, and I tagged you for an easy meme. I love your writing, your blog, and refreshing attitude. I hope you don’t mind.

  7. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah
    May 9, 2007 at 11:52 am (11 years ago)

    Some of the commenters over there are killing me. Look away, people.

    Personally, I find nursing beautiful. I think back on my experience breastfeeding my kids fondly. I really don’t get what the big deal is. Whe I wrote that post I had NO IDEA people would freak out.

  8. problem girl
    May 9, 2007 at 11:58 am (11 years ago)

    Some of those comments make me want to weep for humanity but I’m afraid that I might offend somone with the scent of my tears.

  9. Toryssa
    May 9, 2007 at 11:59 am (11 years ago)

    I think it’s fine, and it’s normal. What isn’t normal is celebrities that give their babies up to nannies immeditately so that they can get back into their pre-baby state within minutes.

    Frankly, in the picture, she isn’t showing anything that you wouldn’t see in a cleavage bearing shirt. You are actually seeing LESS because you are only seeing one side. People in general aren’t offended by breasts. Breasts are everywhere. Half the population has them. Get over it already. I don’t see why a picture of a breast is somehow more offensive if there is a baby in the picture, too. Logically, it would be the other way around. Babies are cute!

  10. Annika
    May 9, 2007 at 12:06 pm (11 years ago)

    I tried to read the comments at Babble but I got upset all over again. I guess I’m not over being asked not to breastfeed at a fucking potluck.

  11. N
    May 9, 2007 at 12:26 pm (11 years ago)

    Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful process, and most women are discrete enough with or without the “Hooter Hoodie”.

    People DO have a right to look away, but NOWHERE is anyone guaranteed the right to “Not be offended”.

  12. AbsolutelyBananas
    May 9, 2007 at 12:32 pm (11 years ago)

    AAAAAAAAARGGHHH!! this makes me CRAZY!! I am so tired of all the dimwits in this country!!!! (sorry, I think I’ve had too much coffee, as usual)

  13. slackermommy
    May 9, 2007 at 12:56 pm (11 years ago)

    Don’t even get me started! This country’s views on boobs is wacked.

  14. Cakehead
    May 9, 2007 at 1:20 pm (11 years ago)

    Now why did you have to go and link to that? I suddenly found myself with a case of diarrhea fingers and just had to go and write a novel. I just can’t keep my big mouth shut when I see such ignorance. It really ticks me off.

  15. Summer
    May 9, 2007 at 1:28 pm (11 years ago)

    Ugh. I think idiots should be rquired to walk around with blanks on their heads because the site of them offends me.

  16. Jodi
    May 9, 2007 at 3:47 pm (11 years ago)

    I BF all three of my kids (for 36 months, 29 months, and 21 months, respectively). BF in public is great, I did it all the time. But I do have to ask – who BFs in a shirt like that and unbuttons from the TOP? If she had unbuttoned from the bottom no one would have taken her picture. Maybe that’s why she did it.

  17. Toni
    May 9, 2007 at 4:09 pm (11 years ago)

    When we lived in Germany, if I was in public and had to bottle feed Luke- they gave me the nastiest looks- Over there boobs are EVERYWHERE! Seriously!

  18. mcewen
    May 9, 2007 at 4:18 pm (11 years ago)

    My eldest daughter is 25. Back then I had high hopes that attitudes would change. It would appear that two and a half decades later we are no further forward.

  19. Shauna
    May 9, 2007 at 4:21 pm (11 years ago)

    “you my friends do not have a RIGHT to ‘not be offended’, because if that truly were a right, I’d personally have you hauled away for offending me with your ass-backwards attitudes”

  20. popsolo
    May 9, 2007 at 8:58 pm (11 years ago)

    don’t you think, when it comes to culture, this melting-pot country makes one silly stew? God forbid we see breasts in public.

  21. JayMonster
    May 9, 2007 at 9:02 pm (11 years ago)

    This goes beyond sad to just plain insane.

    Maybe if they got to see one, you know… more frequently it wouldn’t be so shocking.

    Although I battle between what is worse this, or the story about the people that were “offended” that Starbucks was going to revert back to the original Mermaid “drawing” on their cup which was topless, and people were freaking about that. It is a picture (not even a photo, a penciled picture) on a cup.

    Seriously, these people need an enema.

  22. Angie @ Many Little Blessings
    May 9, 2007 at 11:13 pm (11 years ago)

    You know — this reminds me of something unrelated (kind of). I was flipping channels and VH1 caught my attention. They were showing embarassing things from celebrities, and I kid you not — they had a whole montage of celebs caught in like mid-bite of eating, and they acted like they were all pigs. I thought, “These poor people are just trying to eat — why are people taking pictures of them EATING?!?” It amazes me what makes the news when it is a celebrity. Augh!

  23. Elle
    May 10, 2007 at 8:58 am (11 years ago)

    I think it’s sad when a breastfeeding mom is ostrasized like she was running down 5th Avenue with her tits hanging out because she’s an exhibionist! Boobs feed babies – GET OVER IT PEOPLE!

  24. Heather
    May 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm (11 years ago)

    asshats….the whole lot of them. Get. Over. It. Gesh, if it weren’t FOR nursing, the human race wouldn’t have made it so far for those complainers to even be here.

  25. Tina
    May 10, 2007 at 1:18 pm (11 years ago)

    People are SOOOOOOO uncomfortable with the human body it’s crazy. I’m from Montreal. We’re open here about such things – usually…but I BF both kids 1 year and I have BIG boobs…it’s really hard to do such a thing discreetly and under a cute little blanket – without notice. On top of it all my other boob would leak while feeding on one and I could soak up a beach towel LOL.

    So….yeah…what’s my point. My point is I never fed in public because of this…not because I didn’t feel it was right.

    I am all for feeding anywhere at anytime. And even if a boob is hanging out. People should feel comfortable with this.

  26. The Estrogen Files
    May 14, 2007 at 9:16 pm (11 years ago)

    I nursed my last for 2.5 years. And in public! Nursing is beautiful and natural. But that doesn’t mean she couldn’t have lifted her shirt up from the bottom instead of unbuttoning down the top. Seriously, she’s a celeb and knows she’s stalked and knew this could happen.

  27. The Estrogen Files
    May 14, 2007 at 9:17 pm (11 years ago)

    And oh yeah – you can see more in a SWIMSUIT now than during BFing!!


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