Well, two friends have pointed out that my post on Crocsmamas was maybe a wee bit woman-hatin’ and I pretty much agree. I’m not going to edit it though, because I still believe what I said. But I can admit that it’s rather anti-feminist of me to dislike (many!) breeders so much, and I should work on it.
In penance, I’d like publicly shame Bill Maher for his shitass tirade against breastfeeding in public. As a liberal atheist who likes to insult the American people, I privately consider myself a bit of a lady Bill Maher, and I can usually ignore the lightly misogynist comments that sometimes pepper his tirades. This week’s podcast (pity me, with no TV) got me down though, despite the presence of Jan Schakowsky, an all-around awesome lady. First he insulted the 9/11 truth movement. While I am far from believing that the government planned 9/11 completely, thinking people must admit that some questions do need to be asked and it’s not really helpful when would-be allies refuse to entertain the notion that some fishy stuff went down. Then his ridiculous little rant about how fighting for the right to breastfeed in public is “petty and parochial” just made me sad.
Breastfeeding mamas of the universe (hopefully not wearing Crocs and refusing to sign petitions): I will admit that the idea of a creature that already lived inside my body for nine months needing to suck vital energy from said body for years afterward makes me slightly shudder – but only if my own body is the one in question. Your lives seem to me to be impossibly difficult on levels I cannot even begin to imagine and the everyday woman-hating you must face must be constantly irritating. While I wish you would stop trying to get me to think your babies are adorable when they so clearly are not, I stand in solidarity with you on your quest to breastfeed wherever the hell you want.
(Feministing has great analysis on the Bill Maher ridiculousness).