Thursday, December 20, 2007

Things I don't want to see

"Things I don't want to see" may become a semi-regular segment...

This morning I don't have a lot to do at work (I'm saving up for those two days next week when I will be working and no one else will). So, I found myself surfing the 'Space, looking at other people's friends lists like the dork I am. Then I ran across this: a MySpace avatar of someone breastfeeding her infant. I think I've already expressed my distaste for pregnancy pictures; you know, the sideways shots of giant growing bellies and, worse yet, those straight-on shots of naked, belly button-free stomachs. Ick. But this was way over the top. Seriously, it was an overhead shot of a baby face and some woman's boob. I don't need to see that...EVER.

Does it make me a terrible feminist that I find breast-feeding a little gross? I suppose one has the right to do whatever they feel comfortable with, but really, I don't want to watch. When I was a hostess, I once saw a woman whip out her breast in the middle of a busy restaurant waiting area and start feeding her screaming kid. Part of me was glad the child shut up, but the rest of me wanted to vomit. It's not that I have a problem with boobs or looking at them. I was not one of the offended when Timberlake ripped off Janet Jackson's top. Boobs are beautiful. But when they show up unexpectedly and get shoved in baby mouths, I get a little uncomfortable. The women who don't mind this behavior are quick to point out that it's a natural function, blah, blah, blah. My body performs many necessary and natural functions, but I don't take pictures of them and post them online or perform them in the middle of public places. People usually get arrested for that sort of thing. Hmm, there's an idea.

The moral of the story? Take all the schmoopy pictures you want of your pets, your significant other, your children. Hell, I don't even get offended if I happen across a porn-ish photo of anonymous boobs. But, for the love of god, keep your breastfeeding photos to yourself!


  1. Great, you are going to put an end to my fetish. Since I can't eat cheese, how else do you think I knock my socks off?

  2. As much as I love boobs, the idea of some baby getting more than me IS disturbing. Great blog ALN.