I’m currently spending much more time commuting – I’ve a new project which adds a long tube journey to my usual daily trip and the unfortunate side effect of this extra bit, along with the lack of a seat, is that I get much more time to stand up close to my fellow passengers and ponder the more important questions in life
The important questions like ‘did I remember to put on any make up?’, ‘is my phone charger still on the side in the kitchen?’ and ‘what’s the best design for flamingo croquet mallets*?’
Having noodled these to extinction (as I said, it is a LONG journey) I’ve found myself pondering other things
This morning’s thought was triggered by getting an eyeful of page 3 – why on earth is a full frontal of Fiona from Watford’s busty bust acceptable but nursing in public isn’t?
If you look closely at a nursing mother what do you actually see? A mother holding a baby and possibly a little sliver of boob although that might be a vest or a bra.
Compare to the jiggly boobie girlie shots – there’s skimpy panties, no nipples, no creatively mussed hair, no faux sexy gaze.
It struck me that perhaps this wasn’t about nursing mothers daring to bare in public but about the target audience of those come-here-boy poses.
Page 3 and other nipple-centric shots are surely generally intended to titillate the average red blooded man – irrespective of what some feminists may tell you about women ‘owning’ and ‘being enfranchised’ by that nudity, their purpose is to engender a bit of a frisson and a phwoar
A breastfeeding boob has not a lot to do with your average red blooded man – it is focused on providing what the baby or babies in question need, anything sexual is probably a (very?) distant second – the boob is going back to basics and doing what boobs were put on chests to do, keep human babies fed.
Is this whole debate not about what is publicly acceptable or what is offensive but actually about a set of men who have got all dog-in-the-manger about these being breasts that don’t give a stuff about them?
Is this an extension of the ‘men feel left out when women have babies’ argument?
Is this about them trying to take control of the breasts by making them be hidden away because they can’t cope with the fact that this is no longer about them and they are now no longer the primary focus of those mammaries?
I admit this may be taking a thought a logic step too far but what do you think?
*there may be a birthday party coming up for someone, it may or may not have an Alice in Wonderland theme, it may or may not drive me over the edge into insanity