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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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  1. Deb on the Rocks
    Deb on the Rocks at |

    Where have you been all my life?

  2. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    *headdesk*. The one [deleted] about the photo of the woman with the twins particularly saddened me. AFAIK it’s a simple story, the son was fed with breastmilk, and the daughter fed with watered down formula hence the difference in size. If she was being fed normal strength formula like Western babies she would have been the same size or larger than her brother. But formula is expensive, and so watering it down makes it last longer. How hard is it to understand that Nestle undermines breastfeeding and then sells expensive formula that it knows parents will water down so that it last longer?

    But of course it’s not Nestles’ fault, they aren’t watering down the formula, they have a right to make a profit. Besides, I like chocolate. /sarcasm

  3. Chally
    Chally at |

    Nestle ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

  4. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    I’m in moderation at mommygoggles. What’s the bet I don’t get through?

    My comment:
    The breastfed baby is a boy. The bottle fed baby is a girl. She is being fed watered down formula because formula is so expensive. This is a deliberate marketing ploy by Nestle and other formula makers. The mother probably did have enough milk for two babies, but someone convinced her otherwise. That’s what they do – they convince mothers that babies are better off with formula then sell it at a huge price compared to the parent’s income, so it gets watered down and the children suffer. But as long as you are enjoying your chocolate I guess it’s all okay.

  5. Susan Lindgren
    Susan Lindgren at |

    Actually if you look it up the Oompa Loompah were portrayed as Pygmy people when R. Dahl first wrote Charlie, it was later changed.

  6. Susan Lindgren
    Susan Lindgren at |

    OOPs saw you looked it up already…just emphasizing the already stated point then:)

  7. lilacsigil
    lilacsigil at |

    I have been boycotting Nestle since I was at uni (omg 15 years ago?!) because of the formula issues, but I only recently found out about the slavery involved in the production of chocolate. Thanks for spreading the word.

  8. Rayedish
    Rayedish at |

    Looking at the post at mommygoggles has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I bet your comment never makes it through Mindy. There doesn’t seem to be a desire to engage there – they are just sticking their tongues out at those that wish to point out the problems with Nestle.

  9. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt at the moment because I suspect they are asleep. But tomorrow I will know for sure. If only I had patience…

  10. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    Ya know, Its pretty pathetic that you wrote an entire post about me. You took what I was saying completely out of context. In case you didn’t know WONKA is a Nestle Brand. Oompa Loompas are in Willy Wonka and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and they make the chocolate. I really think you need to figure out something else to do with your time than jump all over someone who was just being silly. I was trying to lighten the mood on the hashtag.

    dn’t s wh y r gng s nsn bt n nncnt lttl twt. Myb t stms frm sm psychlgcl brk dwn y hd.

    No one but you said anything about race. It’s so sad that race has to be brought up in everything when it isn’t even warranted. You should of been able to tell by my response I wasn’t being racist. You my friend are making a mountain out of a molehill. I am sorry to all the Orange people that got their feelings hurt!

    [ableist abuse disemvowelled ~L]

  11. Helen
    Helen at |

    Anyone want to post the above to Speak You’re Branes?

    I tried to follow your links, but blogs with Chick Lit style headers, multiple cartoon smilies everywhere and thinly veiled product endorsements just make my brane hurt. Also, the absolute refusal to engage with the topic. (Yes, Virginia, there is a topic. They are not just being meeeeeeean.)

  12. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    So Sheila, do you normally “lighten the mood” by calling people morons? And making racist jokes about slavery? How’s that working out for you, socially?

  13. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    I didn’t say anything about child slavery or race. Seriously. I would never say anything like that. You are reading too much in to something that is not there.

  14. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    @ Sheila – Did you see the excerpt from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” that Lauredhel posted that talks about the Oompa Loompas?

  15. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    @Sheila, like Lauredhel said “You’re cracking jokes about child slavery on cocoa plantations in Africa. This has everything to do with race, and always has.”

  16. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    I was talking more about Willy Wonka the movie. But see the book is fiction. There is no such place as loompa land. It’s all make believe. It’s not real and not meant to be. That is the beauty of make believe.

  17. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    I wasn’t cracking jokes about child slavery or any race related jokes. I don’t know where you are reading more in to it. I think you guys should see that it was just something to lighten up the hashtag. I understand you guys are friends and you have each others back but seriously it wasn’t meant to be mean or meanspirited or rude to anyone.

  18. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    I’m not making racist remarks or making fun of slavery. Your friend was the one that turned it in to a race issue.

  19. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    And yes I called her a moron. I was just called racist. Wouldn’t that upset you?

    Moderator Note to Sheila:

    On this blog we have a facility that allows people to edit their comments. Please use it in future for your PS style additions instead of posting comment after comment after comment. You might also want to read our comments policy, please. ~tigtog

  20. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Sheila perhaps if you read some of the links provided you would see that the real life “Oompa Loompas” are small children being forced to work in plantations on the Ivory Coast. The same plantations that Nestle buy from despite international pressure not to buy from people who use child labour. That’s why your remarks are being read as racist and making fun of slavery.

    Yes the book was fiction, but the dots are easy to join really.

  21. kate
    kate at |

    Really, snowflake?

    That’s a racial slur.

  22. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    Jesus Christ, Sheila, no one is -that- obtuse. If you’re not getting it by now it’s because, for whatever reason, you don’t -want- to get it. Of -course- no one used the -words- racism or slavery; because everyone knows racism and slavery are bad mkay. Ergo, we’ll just defend a company that uses actual racist and slavery-like conditions and crack jokes about “Oompa Loompas” which -has nothing to do with anything, which is why someone just happened to think that was funny in this context-.

    This shit’s -real-. understand? They’re -not- fictional “Oompa Loompas,” the -people- who’re actually being exploited to make Nestle products? Not. That. Difficult.

  23. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    @Sheila: “And yes I called her a moron. I was just called racist. Wouldn’t that upset you?”

    Actually, it might make me sit back and think about whether I had unthinkingly made a racist remark, rather than having a knee-jerk reaction and assuming the other person was wrong and calling them names, but hey, whatevs.

    And @Kate, snowflake doesn’t refer to colour, it refers to a belief that you’re more special than anyone else. It’s because of the popular (and incorrect) belief that every snowflake is unique. See definition here

  24. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    (never mind)

  25. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    Fair enough, L.

  26. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Sheila, the story of the Oompa Loompas has always been about the slavery of one race by another. That it is fictional doesn’t make that disappear – it describes an attitude that some people are not entitled to freedom, self-determination or proper recompense for their labour. Defending it as just make believe is terribly insensitive to the histories of people whose ancestors were enslaved in the past and the plight of people in slavery today – their misery and degradation is real, not make-believe at all. How dare Nestle actually name a chocolate bar after a slaver, fictional or not?

    Edit: Sorry L – I replied from the admin interface and didn’t see that there were another 10 comments. Delete this one if you like.

  27. Summer
    Summer at |

    So because he used a fictional name for the place and the characters suddenly we are to assume that he got the idea completely out of thing air with absolutely no connection to the real life slavery that was going on.

    You know, I think I learned in high school English class how to read fiction and look for the reality it was based on.

  28. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    So…. Your policy is only good for certain people? Cause your friends are being pretty rude. So your policy is jaded and only is in effect for people you don’t like? If you are gonna have a policy then you not have double standards, just saying

  29. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    People here have criticised your behaviour – ie the actual words you have used and arguments you have made. You have called people names.

    If you don’t see the difference, there’s no point in discussing anything with you.

  30. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    No; I took lauredhel as addressing me as much as anyone, which is why I nuked the second comment.

  31. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    Well, to be fair, I did say she was being obtuse, which could be construed as “rude.” The fact that I’m rude shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore the content of what everyone’s been saying, however.

    anyway. -goes poof-

  32. Sheila
    Sheila at |

    Y r sd lttl cntfcd whr rnt y? Y thnk yr blg s s fckng pwrfl gss wht? NBD CRS! NBD CRS!

    [Abuse disemvowelled by moderator]

  33. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    Okay! I think I officially don’t feel bad about being “rude” to dear Sheila at this point.

  34. at |

    It is hard to imagine this not backfiring for Nestle.

    They have an image problem and they’ve decided to grab a bunch of mommy bloggers and entice them into a hotel for some programming only to then release the bots back into cyberland. Problem being these mommy bloggers then have to deal with face to face debate with the anti-Nestle campaign, something a public relations firm would charge a fortune for and approach with great caution and preparation.

    The mommy bloggers inevitably lack the skills required for this delicate operation and not only do they risk their own credibility as bloggers (so hope they enjoyed the Nestle goodies bag because it might be the last such opportunity at the corporate petting zoo), but they end up in diplomatic melt-downs, like one you linked to, who was inexplicably trying to laugh at a video-clip of starving Ethiopian babies.

  35. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Ooh, touched a raw nerve there I think Lauredhel.

    SotBO: comment directed at Sheila’s last comment.

  36. Sheila
    Sheila at |


  37. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Bluemilk, those are some excellent points. These women who are coping so badly with criticism have been taken for a ride by Nestle, really, who are letting them take all the heat for their corporation’s callous exploitation and irresponsible greed.. However, while Nestle mightn’t be having to fend off the harshest criticism right this second, every thread discussing this has Nestle’s name all over it associated with critical terms that are hardly a marketer’s dream. That can’t be doing them any good at all.

  38. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    Aldous Huxley said “Most ignorances are vincible, and in the greater number of cases stupidity is what the Buddha pronounced it to be, a sin. For, consciously or subconsciously, it is with deliberation that we do not know or fail to understand – because incomprehension allows us, with a good conscience, to evade unpleasant obligations and responsibilities, because ignorance is the best excuse for going on doing what one likes, but ought not, to do”.

    Like taking goody bags and fun free trips from people who kill babies, just for example. And then defending your ignorance vigorously by insulting anyone who dares try to ripple its glass-like surface.

  39. Jen
    Jen at |

    I Wasn’t even going to waste my time in responding to this mess but as a WOMEN OF COLOR I am going to tell you something WHAT SHE SAID WAS NO WHERE NEAR RACIEST! So Please Stop trying to start something. She was being silly and talking about a cartoon!

    only someone who is really raciest would even think that BS everyone knew what she was talking about. The Funny part is you take this make it something bigger then come blog about it and your not even black and i bet half of you just know what you have read or been taught in history books about slavery so get off your high horse and shut up about it.

    people kill me with talking about something they have no clue about I find this very insulting on your part.

    Now I am sure I can Bring All MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY right on over to agree with me

  40. Helen
    Helen at |

    What’s “NBD CRS!”, mods? Enquiring minds want to know!

    This stuff is making me headdesk a bit not only for all the reasons discussed above, but it is making “mommy bloggers” (ugh, I have a problem with that term) look stupid, which I object to, since I’m addicted to parents blogs like Blue Milk and Finslippy and 11D and (wipes tear) dear departed Lookydaddy… You don’t see that lot doing shit like this.

  41. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    Helen, I think if it was re-emvoweled, it would be nobody cares… (it took me a minute to work it out too!)

    @Jen did you actually see what she said it in response TO??

    ETA I’m pretty sure none of us were around in the 1800s, so by definition all anyone knows about slavery as practiced in the USA is from historical sources.

  42. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    The disemvowelling thing sort of defeats the purpose in a way because I just end up reading more to try to figure out what I missed. However, the lulz derived from the auditory of the person’s muffled curses (Mfl Rgnl Rnfl Grgt!) a la Yosemite Sam make it worth it.

  43. belledame222
    belledame222 at |

    (damn, could that have had any more prepositions?)

  44. Jen
    Jen at |

    Rebekka yes I saw the whole thing we are actually really good friends thats why I felt the need to come here and address this which I am sure other will also. The funny part was We Including me was joking about it. Because someone made a smart comment on twitter about US including me again “only caring about white babies in the US” that are supporting Nestle which thats BS I have many friends that are Black at the event now so what does that mean we don’t care about our children??

    Then it went to breastfeed vs bottle fed babies and everyone got upset it was nothing raciest about the whole thing except for the one person WHO IS BLACK BY THE WAY said the “only caring about white babies in the US ” And then she was looking stupid when she found out how many other mother’s of colors was actually at the event and supporting it which she just assumed we were White I guess.. So thats when the twitter comment came that now everyone on here is talking about. All she was doing was trying to lighten the mood. Which Actually did intill this post.. Everyone shut up and went about their night… So thanks to this everyone is upset AGAIN! BUT WTG FOR THE BLOG OWNER At least you getting high traffic and your numbers and comments up tonight.. But I am done I said what I had to and i am leaving it at that.

    But it would be nice if people would stop talking about what they dont know or ask first.

  45. Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity
    Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity at |

    Well , I was one of the people who also tweeted the oompa loompa hashtag, and it was just as Sheila said, an attempt to be silly — as silly as another tweeter saying that a blogger only cared about white babies in the U.S. because something the blogger wrote was completely misconstrued — and that formula feeding your baby as opposed to breastfeeding was likened to a death sentence for that child. An outrageous statement, to be sure.

    This tweeter decided to play the race card (Really? The race card in 2009? Seriously?) and that outraged many of us. The whole Nestle “scandal” has devolved into yet another fight between mothers who breastfeed and those who don’t. What’s next mothers who work versus SAHMS? It’s ridiculous.

    Someone else tweeted a picture of an Afghani mother of fraternal twins, one boy, one girl, who differed in weight tremendously. The girl died shortly after the photograph was taken. Her death seems to have been lobbed directly upon the shoulders of Nestle (or any other formula manufacturer, for that matter). But the caption of this photograph clearly states that it was the Afghani/Muslim CULTURE that dictated the mother breastfeeding the boy and not the girl, as boys are revered above all else in that society. And since the women of Afghanistan, for the most part, are not allowed to be educated, she believed those “elders” or doctors who erroneously told her she could not breastfeed both babies.

    So how is this the formula companies’ fault if it is a CULTURAL practice? Wouldn’t we have to change that culture to conform to the Western way of beliefs and practice? Wouldn’t that also be akin to colonialism, the very thing you say Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory promotes with his “imprisoning” the whole of the oompa loompa ( read: black pygmy) tribe?

    The oompa loompa hashtag was not meant to be racist in any way. I had no idea it was even considered a racist statement, so I called my good friend (and my daughter’s Godmother) who is black and my adopetd brother (also black) to ask them what I had done wrong. Their response? NOTHING. They have no clue why oompa loompa is associated with racism or slavery. They are well educated people. I even called my daughter’s God mother an oompa loompa once — she WAS wearing Hammer pants — and was not told that I was making a racist statement. These two people are also well aware of their African roots — and proud of them.

    So I must ask, hasn’t the fear, or hint, of ANYTHING even remotely resembling racist statements gone a little too far? Do not misconstrue what I have written here. I believe racism, TRUE racism, is a disease that must be eradicated. But when the things that are considered racist change from person to person and moment to moment, don’t you think it’s time to give all us “crackers” list of some sort to reference?

  46. QoT
    QoT at |

    Danny, Champion of the World was one of my favourite books as a kid!

    I can only gaze in awe at the kind of commenter who thinks Oompa Loompas can’t possibly be analogous to slaves or in any way related littorally to people of colour because ZOMG ORANGE. Right, and vampire rights in True Blood aren’t sometimes (problematically) analogous to gay rights because lots of the vampires are heterosexual.

  47. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    All she was doing was trying to lighten the mood.

    We get that. People make “jokes” all the time that are not meant to be anything but a bit of social wheel-greasing but which have offensive aspects to some others. That something was meant just to make people laugh doesn’t mean that everybody who hears/reads it is in fact going to laugh, and nor does it mean that the people who are outraged by it are somehow wrong-wrongitty-wrong just because it was “just a joke”.

    Nobody here has said that Sheila’s intent was malicious. They have said that the remark was insensitive because of the narrative and subtext surrounding Oompa Loompahs when one major Nestle action that people are objecting to is how they use child labour in slavery conditions to harvest cocoa beans for their chocolate. When people have been putting up lots of informative links about babies dying due to unethical Nestle practises, then of course such insensitivity is going to cause offence.

    IMO, people’s intent isn’t all that important when they say something insensitive. Just because someone doesn’t mean to be offensive doesn’t magically make anything they’re doing somehow not-really-offensive. Everybody says something insensitive/offensive from time to time, and it’s embarrassing to be called on it, sure. But non-malicious intent is not a 100% excuse. It may be a mitigating factor, perhaps.

    Being ignorant of the facts on something that others find offensive is an opportunity to learn, it shouldn’t be treated as an excuse to pretend that that something doesn’t matter.

  48. Onceler
    Onceler at |

    I’m a bit late here, but I wanted to address Shiela’s comment back at #18:

    There is no such place as loompa land. It’s all make believe. It’s not real and not meant to be. That is the beauty of make believe.

    On the other hand, the situation in which the Oompa Loompas are described as being is not make believe. Nor are the arguments made about how they’re much better off that way. They are the same arguments that were made condoning slavery, and encouraging people to accept those arguments by using them in a make believe setting is the ugly of make believe.

  49. geek anachronism
    geek anachronism at |

    Ugh – I am so over these ridiculous adbloggers who think coating it with mumsiness and awful amounts of goop makes it a blog. I’m sick of adbloggers with no communication skills beyond the ad copy they’ve been given. And I’m sick of privileged bullshit about ‘well she’d breastfeed if it were better’ because SO MUCH of formula advertising is about how much ‘better’ it is. As if they aren’t part of that. As if they aren’t ALL about advertising.

    Like the Liz Ellis ad, this is a great list of things not to support. I’d usually feel like shit for not supporting women like this, but their blogs are nothing but nauseating ad after nauseating ad. No matter the coating.

  50. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    @ Shan – the death of the child is lobbed firmly, and correctly, on the shoulders of formula manufacturers because they make the formula 1. too expensive so that parents water it down to make it go further thus harming the babies, and 2. they insist on selling it to people with little or no literacy skills so even if they wanted to make up the formula correctly they can’t because they can’t read the directions. So don’t blame the culture, the fault lies fairly and squarely with the formula manufacturers. And who do you think might have told the ‘elders’ or doctors that she couldn’t feed both children? Read Lauredhel’s links.

  51. Elita @ Blacktating
    Elita @ Blacktating at |

    Oh, this is fun! “Jen” is talking about me. Yes, I am black and no, I didn’t feel or look stupid calling your friend MommyGoggles a racist. She is a racist. She specifically typed into Twitter that the only babies who are dying are in Ethiopia, so who cares? Her kid is 2 and healthy. Now, I never claimed to be a genius, but I’m pretty smart, and I’m a librarian. I can connect those dots pretty easily, Jen. Why can’t you? I knew there were black women attending this Nestle Family event from day one. One of them, Jennifer James, used to write a (gasp!) breastfeeding advocacy blog. She still blogs for motherfucking MOTHERING magazine. I think she ought to be ashamed of herself and I told her as much, explicitly, on Twitter.

    When another black mom who is attending the event, ASKED on Twitter what questions she should ask Nestle during the event, I told her to ask why they keep enslaving black children and killing black babies. If, as a black “women” [sic]that doesn’t bother you, Jen, and you don’t find it to be “raciest” [sic], then maybe you’re the one who’s “looking stupid.”
    .-= Elita @ Blacktating´s last blog ..5 Biggest Mistakes Working & Pumping Moms Make =-.

  52. Anna
    Anna at |

    “She specifically typed into Twitter that the only babies who are dying are in Ethiopia, so who cares? Her kid is 2 and health”

    O.O Really? Is there a link to this? Why would someone do that on the internet?

  53. Wired For Noise » Blog Archive » Motherhood, Nestle, and Growing Up

    […] #nestlefamily: fobbing off Nestle chocolate slavery critique with Oompa Loompa “jokes” […]

  54. trisha
    trisha at |

    This post is quite ironic.

    There are a lot of assumptions and I think its laid out extremely one sided. You can tell that she was being attacked (by you I am assuming but don’t know) and really had no clue there was any further issue. Its no better to publicly lay this out against her in one breath and try to defend an issue against humanity in the other.

    Its very interesting how someone can attack a company and a crime, but also finds it OK to publicly berate a person that at worst was only ignorant. Shouldn’t we lead by example and wouldnt that have been more effective?

    I want to say that I knew about the Nestle stuff prior to the trip from surfing blogs. I still feel that its up to those bloggers if they want to attend and if that company meets their needs and interests.

    I also want to say I was not aware of any other controversy surrounding Charlie and the Chocolate Family. Its unfair to assume that everyone everywhere would know every controversial and social issue related to, well, everything from all time.

    I truly believe she was originally poking fun and relating chocolate to the movie, not “oompa loompas” to african americans. I saw people go from a BF argument to slavery in like 4 seconds. I left shaking my head wondering what the point was.

    It felt like using someone for propaganda and the original intent lost its weight.

    I was on the side of the original situation and understanding of where BF advocates were coming from regarding Nestle. But seeing this post and the attacks on a blogger completely turned me off. If this is what it turned to, it has lost my support.

  55. tigtog
    tigtog at |


    I saw people go from a BF argument to slavery in like 4 seconds. I left shaking my head wondering what the point was.

    What I saw happening was that a lot of people who had made arguments about child slavery were being ignored by adbloggers who tried to make it all about breastfeeding vs formula. Sheila inadvertently managed to focus everybody’s attention back onto the slavery issue.

  56. Amanda
    Amanda at |

    “Child Labor Laws and Other Crap” — it would be funny if … you know, it weren’t. At all.

  57. baroquestar
    baroquestar at |

    I don’t get it… I just don’t. What’s so hard to understand about “Nestle makes a profit on the backs of other people’s pain and death…” (true), and to go on to “…so perhaps we shouldn’t cheerfully/disingenuously promote them like they’re our friends” (not a difficult conclusion to reach).

  58. DeusExMacintosh
    DeusExMacintosh at |

    No-one has mentioned the latest Nestle wheeze, buying milk from the Zimbabwean farm Grace Mugabe stole….

    The Swiss multinational Nestle is buying milk from a farm seized from its white owners and now owned by the wife of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

    Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper said up to 1m litres of milk a year are being sold to Nestle from the farm.

    Nestle says it has no contract with the farm, but buys milk on a cash on delivery basis after other suppliers went out of business. The company says its products help meet the food needs of Zimbabwean consumers.

    Mrs Grace Mugabe is subject to US and EU sanctions, along with her husband and some other Zimbabwean officials. But since Nestle is based in Switzerland it is not bound by those sanctions.

    BBC News

    With zees sanctions, you must be kidding uz…

  59. DeusExMacintosh
    DeusExMacintosh at |

    Sorry, I just clicked through to the Boycott Nestle blog and they’ve picked it up there. Deserves wider mention though.

  60. kate
    kate at |

    [Deleted. See comment 26 on page one. ~L.]

  61. attack_laurel
    attack_laurel at |

    I’m just agonized that anyone would find a picture of a starving child something to laugh at, even if they claim it’s a rigged picture. The subject matter precludes joking with a clear conscience.

    I’ve disliked Nestle for years, because of the very carefully crafted profit campaign that went after African nations that were seen as untapped potentials for more money. I feel a bit sick that women with children of their own would not feel empathy for mothers losing their children thanks to a marketing program that chooses to profit without also spending a little of that massive cashflow on education and improving access to clean water sources in the countries they blithely market to.

  62. Anna
    Anna at |

    I’m actually quite surprised at how few people seem to know about the Neste boycott and the like. I figured people knew and didn’t care. It didn’t even occur to me that we might need to be raising more awareness about this. :(

  63. Emily Roemmich
    Emily Roemmich at |

    Give me a break. That is why there is racism- because of you people.

  64. amandaw
    amandaw at |

    A lot of people are under the impression that this is about their character, integrity, or reputation.

    It’s not. Nobody is trying to say “You’re a bad person!” Instead, they are trying to make you aware of some serious issues with some things you are a part of. Yeah, that’s uncomfortable, but I imagine being a child slave is a lot more uncomfortable than giving up one brand of cheap chocolate and all their marketing stuff.

    You can listen, learn about the issues, acknowledge they are important, and still retain your Good Personhood. Because nobody is making this about what kind of person you are. They are trying to bring the central focus back to the harm being done – so that the harm can stop. Maybe you weren’t aware before. Now you are. Do something about it.

  65. DeusExMacintosh
    DeusExMacintosh at |

    DEM: There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Mugabe issue on the #nestlefamily hashtag, too, and PhD In Parenting talks about it.

    Thanks for the lead, Lauredhel. I don’t tweet so I’ve not been following #nestlefamily hashtag.

  66. Peggy
    Peggy at |

    Anna@23: I learned about Nestle and their problematic (to say the least) marketing of formula back when I was in high school, 25-ish years ago – about the time the original boycott was lifted. I had just assumed that they weren’t doing that any more – obviously a bad assumption.

    Nestle’s mommyblogger campaign has definitely raised my awareness, even if that wasn’t their intention.

  67. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Props to Tanya, she let me through. I don’t know if she will like this one any better though. I’m going to stop after this. That thread is a trainwreck of privilege and even though she’s been to Parenting PhD she didn’t believe it, so there really is no point. You can lead a person to education and enlightenment, but if you get in the way of their chocolate then look out.

    Nestle do not provide support for mothers who formula feed in third world countries. That’s why babies die there. They don’t show them how to make up a bottle, they don’t show them how to sterilise bottles, they don’t make formula tins with easy to follow pictures for people who can’t fucking read. So your baby didn’t die on formula – probably because you have an education and you can read. Pretty simple I would have thought. And Tanya, accusing that poor woman of ‘testing’ formula on her daughter, you are a gold plated [deleted] with some real privilege issues. You think she wanted her baby to die? So you don’t care that Nestle and other formula companies teach women that breastfeeding isn’t best for their babies. Of course not you just want your cheap chocolate. You are unbelievable. Any thing that upsets your little world can’t possibly be true. People boycotting Nestle must be mad because Nestle is a nice company. They make chocolate don’t you know. We’ll just ignore that they support child slavery and mislead mothers into malnutrition of their babies in the endless search for a profit. Because it doesn’t happen in the US it doesn’t matter.

  68. Anna
    Anna at |

    I’m really quite taken aback by some of the vile things being said by people who are on this trek to Nestle. Calling women they disagree with cnt fcd whrs and talking about people slinging “doo doo” (what, you’ll call a woman something nasty and then use “doo doo” on twitter?), and the like? It’s very intense.

    I do not get it.

  69. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Although I don’t have any moral ground to be talking from, having indulged in a bit of name calling myself although not to that degree, I’m guessing that the “doo doo” is for a general audience that she wants to think well of her (I’m also assuming all the people involved are female) and using that language against someone else that she thinks couldn’t think any less of her and whose opinion has hit a raw nerve/shaken her belief in the sanctity of her own views. I could however be completely wrong.

  70. Casey
    Casey at |

    If you (people leaving previous comments) believe that this is about choosing to breastfeed or formula feed you don’t understand the debate.

    This is about Nestle’s practices around the world which are unethical and which lead to children dying. It is about Nestle buying milk from a farm which is owned by the Zimbabwean dictator’s wife. It is about Nestle buying cocoa from mines using child and slave labor. It is about Nestle marketing a means of feeding a baby which is inadequate for the surroundings.

    Nestle rarely denies any of this. They simply brush it off and talk about their newest frozen meal or hand out some coupons. Then, often years later they admit that what they did was wrong and they smooze out of it.

    This is what it is about.

  71. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    I think they have now completed the entire bingo card in their defence of the initial racist remark.

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    I Am Evil « Fusion Parenting at |

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  74. TeriSaw
    TeriSaw at |

    Unexamined privilege is certainly running rampant in the adbloggosphere (is that a word? If not, it is now). I first learned of Nestle’s horrible business practices via a source I’d like to pass along: Marion Nestle’s (no relation to the company) fantastic book, Food Politics. It does a great job of breaking down the company’s motivations that several people seem to have such a problem getting their head around. Here’s a hint, it’s money.

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