Is breastfeeding obscene?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by ElectricFetus, Jun 23, 2009.

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Is breastfeeding in public obscene?

  1. Yes

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    9.3%
  2. No

    49 vote(s)
    90.7%
  1. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    I think the most obvious answer is that people find urine and feces much more offensive than breastmilk. Not to mention when people urinate they urinate on something and anyone who has hung out with the homeless knows that urine smells terrible and its messy. Wading through pools of it on the sidewalk personally effects everyone on the sidewalk. But lactating women don't tend to spray milk all over the walls of buildings. Chances are if you probably never know when a woman has breastfed somewhere. Once she and the baby are done, nothing is left behind. So it does not effect anyone besides the baby and the mother. If you don't like looking at it, you don't have to stare. Plus when you're dealing with little kids and babies people are always more forgiving. When a little boy urinates in public, people chuckle. Of course the smell of little boy pee has nothing on the smell of big man pee.
    The two things you stated are facts, so they can't refuted only the comparison can, which is what everyone has done several times over. I don't know what you're waiting for other than a certificate proving that breasts aren't obscene. Short of that you aren't really arguing anything.
     
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  3. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    Why do they matter? Because the two functions are really only applicable in that they involve exposure of a region of the body deemed private, and they involve liquids. The two functions are fundamentally different.

    No, thanks, I'm too lazy to go find a lactating woman, and I'd rather not freak her out in any case by asking for some of her milk.

    Why should she, when her child is crying RIGHT NOW? Why should people's opinions be more important than the kid's need for sustenance?

    Funny, what about African tribeswomen who go around with bare breasts? No one in their society points at them saying 'Cover those up, you're being lewd!'
     
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  5. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly, there so called fundamental difference does not matter.

    Wondrous cop out, if so necessary you could do the experiment with cow milk (preferable whole milk).

    They shouldn't, but its of great convince to have it put in a bottle ahead of time, it removes any social awkwardness she may feel and she could even get someone else to feed the baby while she goes out and gets some much needed relaxation.

    Exactly, socially developed modesty, not ingrained and is why some societies don't have this contrived self loathing of their bodies or its functions.
     
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  7. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Pissing in the corner

    I'll only stick my nose into this part of it to point out the experiment I proposed to Asguard.

    Anyone is welcome to try it.
     
  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Just looked at this thread for the first time. The poll results here are fairly conclusive, I'd say.
     
  9. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You proposed to Asguard?
     
  10. Bells Staff Member

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    Yes. It is fair enough to say that we have at least 3 retards on this forum.

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  11. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    If only uncovering retards were that simple.
     
  12. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    No you aren't. You are asking people to equate the two, which they rightly are refusing.

    The two aren't equivalant. One is feeding and non invasive, the other sprays urine all over the place.

    You may enjoy that and think its important for some reason, the rest of us are fine with using the dedicated room for it instead of having it where we eat.
     
  13. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Backstage Johnny

    You remind me of a bit from The Muppet Show:

    Kermit: That's a very old line.

    Stadler: Well, I'm a very old man.
     
  14. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    I've specified urinals repeatedly, so I don't get where you got "sprays urine all over the place." We place urinals on the side of some buildings with those little pink odor absorbing things, no problem, I specified that before too, but you haven't noticed.
     
  15. tuberculatious Banned Banned

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    breast feeding doesn't stink.
     
  16. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Just a couple little things

    Two points:

    (1) Is this a civic expense you're proposing?
    (2) Yeah ... um ... I'm certain you've looked at a men's room floor under and around urinals.​
     
  17. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Tiassa,

    They build restrooms do they not, might be cheaper just to build the equipment hanging off buildings. That give me a great idea I kind of floor based system its just a less then a meter by meter wide and leads to a off-center drain via a shallow funnel shaped surface, that way it out of sight, mostly, but one really must avoid stepping in it, especially if the automatic flush has not commenced. One can squat and take a dump in it as well, it will be great, greatest invention since the failed "blo-job matic" because at least nothing can go wrong with this one.

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  18. PsychoTropicPuppy Bittersweet life? Valued Senior Member

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    Does blo-job matic collect sperm?
     
  19. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Apparently it ended up collecting penises.
     
  20. PsychoTropicPuppy Bittersweet life? Valued Senior Member

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    Damn that sucks. Wouldn't want to lose my virtual penis over a machine. And when I think about it....it's a bit nasty when reminding myself that other people used it, too.....*shudders in disgust*
     
  21. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    I doubt many men consider such logic, if they did I doubt prostitution would be such a large industry.
     
  22. PsychoTropicPuppy Bittersweet life? Valued Senior Member

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    Prostitutes can still..wash themselves. And I wouldn't generalise...not all men are like that. Some would never go near a prostitute.
     
  23. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    I said "many" not "all". Also for all you know the blo-job matic could have be self cleaning, what with powerful disinfectants, steam injectors, maybe a blast of flaming butane for 2 minute, probably the erroneous activation of the auto-cleaning system at the worse possible time was why it was recalled. No disrespect but I'm sure a machine could be kept far more hygienic then a vagina.
     

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