A boob. How offensive is a boob? Yes, there is the male gaze and what a boob means to them, but what is a boob to a mom, an infant, a toddler? Hiding a body part that gives nourishment to the future generation is quite miraculous. Should women have to adjust and hide something so natural because men are aroused at the sight of a breast or some women are offended or embarrassed seeing the human body in public? The consensus is most places around the world say they support public breastfeeding but their actions speak differently.
This topic has been one of controversy for some time now in some parts of the world, but not everywhere. Take a look at how breast feeding in public is viewed in different places around the globe:
Breasts are made to feed an infant and whipping out a breast to do so is something they won’t bat an eye at. If a woman doesn’t and the child is crying and hungry, the community will assume it is not that women’s child.
It is illegal to discriminate mother’s breastfeeding in public under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. However, discrimination is still a source of conflict when a woman, Kirstie Marshall, was fired from Parliament for breastfeeding. Their solution was to set up a special room for nursing mothers. Apparently out of sight, out of mind is how they really feel about the subject. There is still lingering judgment if an infant is fed in public.
Cambodia promotes public breastfeeding and it is seen as commonplace.
Like many other countries, Canada doesn’t explicitly support public breastfeeding in their laws. However, there are other non-governmental groups have policies specifically trying to give recognition to the importance of equality and state that the breasts of a woman are equal to the breasts of a man. They aim to protect the infant, except reports are still coming out to this day about women being asked to cover up or leave shops for breastfeeding. Of course, afterwards the shop owners try to cover their tracks and apologize but the fact that there is still a stigma of a breast being perverse rather than nutrition for a child is a mindset that needs changing still.
Many women are embarrassed to breastfeed in public in China, so there are babycare facilities for mothers to go to when in public.
Public breastfeeding is legal.
There are no real laws about public breastfeeding, just that parents have rights to their own ways of care for their children. Not many women are seen to breastfeed in public in Germany.
Public breastfeeding is no big deal. Breasts in public are uncontroversial.
Breastfeeding is accepted but preferred to not be super blatant and try to be discreet.
It is common to see breastfeeding on buses, in parks, restaurants, hospitals etc. If a mom doesn’t breastfeed her child she is considered to be a ‘bokshi’ meaning ‘witch’.
There are no laws against public breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is common. Actually, not breastfeeding is frowned upon. New Zealand encourages infant nutrition whether in the privacy of your own home or in public. They strongly support breastfeeding.
Public breastfeeding is normal in Norway.
Women are allowed to breastfeed in public, but apparently the Philippines want to make sure “it doesn’t get out of hand” so they have allocated a time limit and amount of times able to breastfeed in public. Also the Philippines has separate rooms apart from bathrooms for mothers to nurse.
Women are only allowed to show their face and hands in public, therefore breast feeding is prohibited. Women breast feed in private.
Nursing is encouraged and not viewed as a sexual act.
Public breastfeeding is legal and widely accepted.
Taiwan issued a Public Breastfeeding Act in 2010. There are nursing rooms for privacy. BUT like many other places, a woman was forced to leave the National Palace Museum while she was breastfeeding. There is still ignorance that exists, but the Taiwanese people spoke up and the employee and employer who forced the mother to leave were fined 6,000 Taiwan dollars.
The UK has a Sex Discrimination Act allowing public breastfeeding if the child is less than six months of age. Most people are for public breastfeeding if it is discreet. Scotland did not feel the same way as other parts of the UK, and felt that mothers did not need to be so discreet. Scotland passed the freedom of public breastfeeding in 2005 and fines any public place that doesn’t allow a woman to breastfeed in the open.
Breastfeeding in public has been an ongoing issue in the USA. Many people have even said the natural act is “gross”. There is a law allowing public breastfeeding, but many states have different opinions on the subject. Many women have been harassed for showing breasts in public even though it is to feed their child. Also employers are not required to pay a mother on her break if she is breastfeeding. Mothers are fighting for a change of mindset. Breasts are not gross or sex objects. The sooner people see them as nourishment, the better. Many women are posting their breastfeeding images to social media to make a change.
Actions speak louder than words and until the actions of employees and government officials actually change the way they act in accordance to the laws implemented to protect a mother’s right, then public breastfeeding will be an ongoing issue.
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets that make your life easier and more enjoyable.
ECOXPRO Waterproof Case
This durable waterproof case for smart phones also doubles as a speaker. Not to mention, has pockets to store credit cards, license, etc. The ECOXPRO is a useful gadget to jam out to on the beach OR float next to you in the water while protecting your phone from the elements.
CGear Sand-Free Tote
This is every person’s dream at the beach…
Are you ready for it?
A sand-free bag for the beach! Are you tired of having sand everywhere or worried about it ruin your phone, in the lunch you brought, getting all over your car, or in your house? Also, it is durable with extra-strength straps for cans of soda or beer *wink* and an ocean-themed pattern which is aesthetically pleasing.
Well isn’t this S’well
S’well Textiles Collection Water Bottle
Stay hydrated, look cool, and help others all in one water bottle by S’well. S’well water bottles have absolutely beautiful hand-painted pastel marble designs AND the best part is when you buy a S’well bottle, some of the proceeds go to helping provide clean water and sanitation to communities in-need in Africa. Also, if it couldn’t get any better, a S’well bottle keeps a beverage cold for up to 24 hours.
Pimped out Goggles
Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P
This high-tech dive mask has an HD camcorder to shoot wide-angle footage in high definition with audio, can capture still images, continuous shots, and waterproof 130 ft under. Take the plunge with the liquid image model 305 Series HD 720P.
Do you get anxiety when your phone battery gets low? The WakaWaka charger is compact and light to solar charge your phone to full charge in two hours. The key is to make sure the WakaWaka Charger soaks in sun rays to solar panel or charge with a USB before going out. It also comes with a beacon light for emergencies. But the best part is that for every WakaWaka Charger you buy, another is sent to a family in-need in the Philippines.
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for vacation reads for the beach, mountains, or wherever you may journey. There are different themes for all: whether you are in a light-hearted chick flick mood, an intense on-the-edge of your seat thriller, a child-told fantasy book, or an emotional book about internal struggles of living in this chaotic world. Read on to find out which book grabs your attention the most for a great holiday read.
By Elin Hilderbrand
Are you looking for a laid-back beach read? If chick flicks are your guilty pleasure movies, then try The Rumor a book about two best friends, Madeline and Grace who go on double dates for the summer drinking cocktails at sunset, but a rumor arises and changes everything. The rumor snow balls and the question is… will their friendship ever be the same?
Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train is a psycho thriller that will make you question the lives of others.
Rachel has recently gone through a loss and one way she copes is seeing the happiness in a suburban house that she passes on her morning commute. She only has about a minute to glance at the loving family before her train moves on but she is content.
Something drastically changes when Rachel witnesses something in that small moment of time and wonders if she should tell the police what she saw. From then on she is immersed and may be hindering rather than helping.
Girl on the Train is a thriller you won’t want to put down.
By Emma Donoghue
Room is a place of love and comfort for Jack, but for his ma, it’s prison; a place she has been trapped for seven years by Old Nick. With Ma’s strong urge for Jack to live a better life, she concocts a plan to escape. But did Ma think about what happens after they do escape and what other world is out there?
Room is a brilliant book of fear, resilience, and bond. Did we mention, the book is told from the perspective of five year old Jack.
Where are you Bernadette
By Maria Semple
Bernadette is bold, blunt, and outspoken. She’s a revolutionary architect and mother/best friend to fifteen year old Bee.
They live in Seattle and the people and atmosphere has become too much for Bernadette and overtime has developed agoraphobia. However, Bernadette had promised Bee a trip to Antarctica if she received an “A” on her report card and as a matter of fact, Bee did, but Bernadette has disappeared.
Bee goes on a search for her mom and has to face the world head on.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists? Not all singers are songwriters, but Sia is an extraordinarily talented singer AND songwriter who is known for her incredible voice and mysteriously hidden face has written top hits for other artists. Be surprised and check out the list of songs below Sia has written from vulnerable lyrics to vocally challenging and catchy choruses.
Top Songs Sia Wrote:
“Expertease (Ready, Set, Go)” by Jennifer Lopez
“Opportunity” by Quvenzhané Wallis
“Diamonds” by Rihanna
“Making the Most of the Night” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Chasing Shadows” by Shakira
“Get Over U” by Neon Hitch
“Blank Page” by Christina Aguilera
“Brightest Morning Star” by Britney Spears
“My Heart Is Open” by Maroon 5 featuring Gwen Stefani
“Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry
“Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue
“Battlefield” by Lea Michele
“Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Perfume” by Britney Spears
“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé
More Songs Written by Sia:
– “Godzillionaire” by Brooke Candy
– “Guitars and Microphones” by Kate Pierson
– “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte
– “Pop Rock” by Brooke Candy
– “Matrix” by Kate Pierson
– “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan
– “Any Day Now” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “I Will Get Over You” by Prischilla Ahn
– “These Hands I Hold” by Bo Bruce
– “Gentlemen” by Jessica Sanchez
– “Crush Me With Your Love” by Kate Pierson
– “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera
– “God Made You Beautiful” by Beyoncé
– “She’s Pretty, She Lies” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Freeze You Out” by Marina Kaye
– “Rise Up” by Beyoncé
– “Knock You Out” by Bingo Players
– “Don’t Look at Me” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Kill, F—k, Marry” by Nikki Williams
– “Rock Bottom” by Marco Mengoni
– “Unite” by Jessie J
– “Bottoms Up” by Kate Pierson
– “Stronger Than Ever” by Christina Aguilera
– “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele
– “Opulence” by Brooke Candy
– “Mister Sister” by Kate Pierson
– “Break the Walls” by Fitz and the Tantrums
– “Strange Birds” by Birdy
– “Radioactive” by Rita Ora
– “Round Your Little Finger” by Katharine McPhee
– “Tears Fall” by Jacquie Lee
– “Breathe” by Jessie J
– “Firecracker” by Cheryl
– “You Don’t Know” by Will Young
– “The Game” by Kelly Rowland
– “You Lost Me” by Christina Aguilera
– “Bring Your Arms” by Kate Pierson
– “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo
– “All I Need” by Christina Aguilera
– “Green Card” by Oh Land
– “Standing on the Sun” by Beyoncé
– “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson
– “Loved Me Back to Life” by Celine Dion
– “Utopia” by Belinda
– “Time Wave Zero” by Kate Pierson
– “Flashlight” by Jessie J
– “Cannonball” by Lea Michele
– “Who Am I?” Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “I Am” by Christina Aguilera
– “If You Say So” by Lea Michele
– “Let Your Tears Fall” by Kelly Clarkson
– “I Am Me” by Willow
– “The City’s Yours” by Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “Try Everything” by Shakira
– “Passenger” by Britney Spears
– “Pulls You Under” by Kate Pierson
– “Sexercise” by Kylie Minogue
– “Throw Down the Roses” by Kate Pierson
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