This shit again. Mall police roust a breast-feeding mother at a mall in Delaware even though there has been a state law since 1997 explicitly protecting her right to feed her kid in public.
It’s no surprise that this latest skirmish in the milk wars is at a mall. I said earlier that all the real energy around treating mothers who breast-feed in public like some kind of flashers is from other women who want to police them. In this case they get the mostly male mall police to do their dirty work – how perfectly traditional that is, by the way – but that doesn’t exonerate the mostly female customer base that the mall management is groveling to. Mall management knows exactly what side their bread is buttered on.
This is misogyny. This is in fact about as misogynist as it gets. This is mistreating a woman for being a woman. Feeding your kid from your own body is about as central to being a woman – hell, to being a female mammal of any species – as anything I can think of. Any policy that gets in the way of that is woman-hatred. Period. Work schedules and all that may get in the way; that’s just life. But conscious policies with no real functional justification are not in the same category. This is plain old misogyny.
(I have overstated the centrality of lactation to being a woman in order to emphsize how much this is a huamn rights issue. Reproduction, all aspects of it, are a human rights issue – breast-feeding, paternity fraud, mlae birth control and abortion – all of it.
It’s harder to think of any activity, with the exception of childbirth, which has a higher female-to-male ratio. Okay, the occasional closeted trans man, but, you know… see above. It’s punishing women for something that they not only do far more frequently than men, but punishing women for something they are expected to do.
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