Aiming for progress, not perfection.
"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
food for thought (pun intended).
following my usual blog link rabbit trails, i found out this morning there is a war between facebook and breastfeeding moms. it started some time ago, and it's still going. apparently, facebook has banned any photos that depict breastfeeding and encourages that they be flagged "obscene."
for clarity, the definition of obscene, according to several sources pulled by google, is: designed to incite to indecency or lust, abhorrent: offensive to the mind, lewd: suggestive of or tending to moral looseness.
hmm. by that definition, 90 percent of all photos on facebook ought to be banned.
but i digress...
while you won't find me posting any photos of myself breastfeeding, there is no question that anything to do with the act -- photos, videos, live performances -- is most certainly NOT obscene. most of the time, there is hardly skin to be seen. maybe it's the sucking noise. the knowledge that there is sucking going on?
the whole mess stems from the ridiculous stigma towards breastfeeding in public, an act that i most certainly engage in. with the commonality of plunging necklines and sky-high hemlines, i don't quite comprehend the double-standard.
research proves over and over how beneficial breastmilk is for babies and even toddlers, and most anyone who can read accepts that. but nurse anywhere but holed up in a dark room with your head under a blanket? stares and whispers are sadly your congratulations.
seriously? it's not like anyone is walking around topless.
mark zuckerberg is the ceo of facebook. he is 24 years old. i suppose we can't expect him to understand breastfeeding and all of its intricacies. but we ought to be able to expect more from society as a whole.
i can't prove it, but i'd be willing to bet a lot of money that there isn't a single mother breastfeeding her child in public as an attempt to seduce any unsuspecting passersby.
most likely, she's a bit flustered, worried about what others will think, but desperately wanting to comfort and care for her baby in the best way she knows how.
believe me, i know.