RAGING HAG

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breastfeeding – or, how you feel about my tits is not my problem.

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when people try to tell me that women have already achieved true gender equality, the social awkwardness and public debate surrounding breastfeeding is one of the first things i think of. the equality act, which passed in late october 2010, states that a woman has a right to breastfeed in public places if she chooses to do so, but we as a society are telling her something different. earlier this month a woman tweeted about being asked to cover herself and her baby while stopping for lunch at posh mayfair hotel, claridges, causing quite a stir.  breasts – what are they? where did they come from? how do we deal with them? due to the vast amount of coverage claridgegate garnered, these are the kind of ground-breaking, no-holds-barred questions the media have been pondering quite a lot recently. HOW DO WE BOOB?

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so, like many other women, one of the first features i notice on a good-looking guy are his eyes. mmm… eyes. a pair of pretty blinkers can actually get me very worked up. in fact, a set of nice peepers can have such an effect on me that i find it difficult to concentrate on anything else. i have to admit, my life would be a helluva lot easier if men would keep those oculars concealed when in public, it would save me from becoming all embarrassed n’ that. perhaps men could wear some sort of band around their heads, covering each of the eyeballs, ensuring they can maintain a sense self-respect and modesty during their public life.

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whats that you say? it would be ridiculous to over-sexualise a non-sexual and necessary body part to the extent that it is unable to be used for its primary function? ORLY?! take a step back for a second and realise that the female body has been sexualised and objectified on such a massive scale, that an area of tissue having nothing whatsoever to do with sex is unable to be utilised in public despite its often urgent necessity. the hyper sexualisation of breasts is actually a relatively modern phenomenon. countless pieces of ancient art portray women with their breasts uncovered, and much of it depicts topless women going about their daily lives, suggesting that dressing without concealing the chest was commonplace. many of the modern tribes in south america and africa also do not have any kind of customs or social precedents that require breasts to be covered, but somewhere along the line, the general population of women started to receive the message that their chests, unlike men’s, are indecent. it wasn’t until 4 years ago that a man’s blushing cheek was legally more important than a woman’s need to feed her baby and to many people, it still is. anti-public-breastfeeding arseholes do not see a person with a hectic life, trying to balance motherhood with appointments and errands. they see a bunch of of sexual body parts, one of which is distastefully exposed.

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UKIP leader nigel farage’s comments surrounding claridgegate represent everything that is wrong with the breastfeeding debate – the blindness to the struggle of new mothers who need to sustain their babies’ lives, and the comparably inexplicable sympathy towards people who would deny them that right because they ‘feel a bit embarrassed’.

farage later defended his comments by flying in the face of the equality act, stating that he personally has no problem with women breastfeeding wherever they want, but that each establishment should be able to set the rules. that means that if dear old farage had his way, the rights of businesses would overshadow the rights of women. never mind your crying baby, we’ve got money to make. the problem, of course, is that a woman’s chest carries out entirely necessary functions during motherhood and the taboo surrounding exposure of breasts in public leaves many women burdened with trying to find a semi-clean public toilet cubicle, or shrouding their babies in napkins in the hope of not being stared at. to subject a group of people to such unjust, burdensome impositions is, by definition, oppression. this, i believe, is part of the fight that western feminism is yet to win. we have many of the legal rights, but our social standing is still lacking. we’re still finding it difficult to let women be women.

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