Friday, June 10, 2005

So many ways to attack women, so little time

delegar has really covered the waterfront in her analysis of the current rants against public breast-feeding. Every few years, this subject gets knocked around, and the same "horrified" people make the same stupid comments about it.

A few years ago, I read an essay in which the author said she didn't understand why we seek privacy to perform bodily elimination processes, but we will eat in front of anyone. She had a point, especially when you consider the disgusting eating habits of many people. I wonder, for instance, how many people who criticize nursing mothers are the same people who pick their teeth in public (and why do some "restaurants" continue to offer toothpicks?).

I am tired of seeing men adjust themselves in public (if you have seen Whoopi Goldberg's stand-up routine on this, you are laughing at the very thought of it), and even tireder of seeing younger men simply grasping themselves in public. I am tired of watching men in muscle shirts and three dozen neck chains sqeeze the buttocks of their bleach-blonde girlfriends while they are waiting in line at the movies.

I am tired of seeing women scream at and hit their babies in public. If we had half the uproar over that as we do over breast-feeding, we might be able to do something about this country's epidemic of child abuse and subsequent violence.

And finally, if men had breasts, public breast-feeding would be a virtue.


(regular lurker pipes up)

Thank you - great post!

(retreats to shadows)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 PM  

I find it embarassing to "adjust myself" in public, but it is, on occasion, neccesary. Sorry, Diane, we don't always do it to torque you.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

Of course! Like if men could have babies there'd be a legal abortion clinic on every corner!

Y'know, the irony is some men DO have boobs - and much bigger ones than I have - and they won't get hauled into jail for indecent exposure for going shirtless as I certainly would.

Who wants to look at manboobs? I don't.

And, while we are talking about possible disgusting displays in public (one of which nursing certainly is NOT), how about having to look at people sporting odd piercings? I find lots of piercings very disturbing and nauseating.

Don't even get me started about this new fangled style of pants where one's ass crack is on display. I do NOT want to see anyone's ass crack!

I also don't want to see anyone's gut hanging over their pants and out their shirt, another mysterious style of today.

Now, while I personally might not want to see any manboobs, butt cracks, fat guts or pierced body parts on display, I certainly am not personally offended by it. Why the hell would anyone be? Grossed out, yes; offended, no! And I definitely wouldn't ask the government to make a law to stop it!

Anyway, the agenda is obvious. People who want to stop mothers feeding their babies in public also love the secure feeling of a government-run society. Where does the line get drawn?

And obviously since we are living in a misogynistic society, I'm not surprised at all that some right-wing prudes get all up in a lather about the glimpsing of a boob in public. Look how their eyes rolled up into the backs of their heads with shock at the Janet Jackson incident.

By Blogger Unknown, at 5:09 PM  

LOL, dp in sf! I know that, and you know, there's adusting, and there's "adjusting."

By Blogger Diane, at 5:17 PM  

"Like if men could have babies there'd be a legal abortion clinic on every corner!"

There would also be 'drive-thru abortion clinics' and priests and ministers would hand out male birth control pills during communion. The clinics would be right next door to the places of worship as well.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 PM  

Thanks, Spicy. You're always welcome, in or out of the shadows.

By Blogger Diane, at 2:27 PM  

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