Those opposing new legislation in the wind to protect the rights of mothers and children to breastfeed in public are getting increasingly desperate.
I’ve read an awful lot of comment threads about public breastfeeding (Bingo card here), so to come across a new objection is rather a special find.
Check out “Matt” from The West’s blog on the subject, now into 13 pages of comments over the past three weeks:
My explanation is that I liken it to hearing a disgusting story while eating, or seeing some blooded corpse or similar on the news while eating – it is just one of those things I could do without, and I think that people need to be tolerant of that. I don’t find breastfeeding disgusting, as I anticipate that people will purposely misconstrue my comments. There might not be an absolute comparison for this situation but that does not make my opinion less valid.
For the 100th time, it does not offend me, and while it’s great that it doesn’t bother you, it does for a lot of other people and that is the point you are continually missing. There are plenty of things that I could potentially do that I don’t have a problem with, like playing my stereo at all hours, picking my nose on the bus, parking in a clearway – they would all be convenient for me but I also realise that those things might be inconsiderate to others so it’s best not to.
He doesn’t find breastfeeding actually offensive, you understand, he doesn’t have an actual problem with it, because he’s a perfectly nice guy and all. He just thinks that have breastfeeding go on in his vicinity while eating is just like trying to enjoy a nice prawn cocktail and champagne in a restaurant littered with bloodied corpses. Surely any reasonable person would agree?
Previous posts on the WA legislation issue:
April 16, 2009: Mothers Not Human: In The Words Of Our Premier