Thursday, September 27, 2007

Facebook Can Suck My Left One

I put this little button in my sidebar:

If you click on the button, it takes you to League of Maternal Justice, a site set up by Her Bad Mother and Motherhood Uncensored, to protest Facebook's policy of not allowing photos of women nursing their babies. They do, however, allow pro-anorexia groups and photos as well as pedophile groups. Breastfeeding, however, is verboten.

I'm 100% pro breastfeeding. I'm not a lactivist, I don't think women who use formula are horrible mothers or any of the other stupid things you hear some women say about them. As long as your baby is being fed, and fed properly (ie, formula or breast milk), then I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch. However, I do think, if a woman choses to nurse her child, she should be allowed to do so freely and not be forced into a bathroom. Women shouldn't be stared at, whispered about or asked to leave a location just because they're feeding their child. I don't know any woman who nurses because she's trying to titillate (hur) anyone. She just wants her child to stop hollering, most likely. And unless you're really trying, you're not going to see much anyway.

So, I've deactivated my Facebook account. If anyone would like to do the same, in support, I'd love it. Just post your website on the LMJ site and they'll give you credit. You don't have to be a nursing mother, or even a mother, to join us. Even if you can't live without Facebook, you can still register your disapproval by putting up a button and writing about it.


MARY G said...

Thanks for this -- I hadn't checked HBM for a while and I am glad to know about this nonsense. I am about to try to do the button thing.
I really like your site! Came here from daysgoby following the book meme and am impressed as all get out.

Allison said...

I joined the "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" group in support of this. I can't delete my Facebook profile because too much of my social interaction with my high school and college friends are dependent on Facebook. I would be even more isolated than I already am. I hope Facebook gets over themselves soon, though. It is ridiculous!

Major Bedhead said...

Thanks, Allison!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's a total load of crap. Who the hell are you, Facebook, to police your site like that? Offended by women doing one of the most natural things a mother can do for her child? Not cool.

Besides, breastfeeding mothers are the last group of people I'd want to start beef with.

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Amanda said...

So odd that we live in a society that pushes the envelope to the point of taping fabric to get it to hang just this side of the nipple, lauding the woman who work it and then those who discreetly lower a shirt only as long as it takes to shield the skin beneath entirely by a downy baby head are considered obscene and inappropriate. Twisted.