This week, an irritating issue has come to my attention and I am shocked that in this day and age, it is considered to be a “controversial issue.”
Breasts. Boobs. Tits. Twins. Two gelatinous lobes of fat have once again made headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Luxury hotel, Claridges, told a lady to “cover up” and wear a shroud as she breast fed her three-month old daughter in a cafe. And to make matters worse, UKIP leader Nigel Farage waded in on the debate saying that women should not be “openly ostentatious” while breast feeding. Boris Johnson added to this saying that women should be “discreet” when breastfeeding their child in public. In addition, Jeremy Clarkson said that breast feeding was as natural as urinating in public, but “when we want to do that, we go to a little room and do it in private.” Yes, but numerous men urinate in pubic without anyone openly calling them out on it to the extent that it appears in national newspapers.
The irony of this situation is that there is no problem with women baring their breasts on page 3, in lingerie adverts, in adult magazines, videos and movies. Yet when breasts are being used for their original purpose, to feed and nourish a child, it creates a ruckus. The fact that those who are telling women to “cover up” whilst they breast feed their child, are men, is what makes the whole debate even more irritating.
It is just another way of policing women’s bodies: “Sure show us your breasts on page 3 we’ve no problem with that, but heaven forbid you breast feed your child openly in public! Stop it; It makes me feel uncomfortable, but I have no discomfort in watching adult videos where women are fully naked!” Forget the fact that this is about breasts; at the very core of it all these women are providing their children with nourishment – what is so ostentatious about this?
It is my delight to find that, according to a study conducted by Statista, 77% of Brits have no problem with breast feeding in public. The only disgusting thing about breast feeding in public, are these negative reactions surrounding a very natural act.
So they really are just making a mountain out of a molehill. As wonderful as breasts are, there are far more important issues – the deficit – that urgently require our politicians’ attention.