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Should women be allowed to breast feed in public?

  1. Voted Yes, unconditionally (77 votes [41.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.62%

  2. Yes but they should cover up (89 votes [48.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.11%

  3. Yes but in separated rooms (8 votes [4.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.32%

  4. No (9 votes [4.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.86%

  5. Other (2 votes [1.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.08%

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 02:41 PM

Personally I don't see what the big deal is, I recall a few years ago at my tennis club, I'd just finished playing and went to sit down, our club has a large deck attached to the clubhouse, I started talking to a woman I'd played mixed doubles against a few times, and played against her husband as well, I must have talked with her for 10 minutes before I even realized she was breast-feeding her baby. There are far more serious things in this world to concern yourself with.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 02:43 PM

Not as good as changing diapers but I think you see what I mean. :D

Indeed I do! ;)

Sometimes the reality kinda takes away a little bit of the mystique, doesn't it? :D
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 02:44 PM

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 02:51 PM

In relevance to this topic, should public affection be discouraged as well? I only ask because most people don't care or oogle if they see a man and woman kiss, but what about two dudes or two girls?
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:00 PM

The law in BC is clear - under the Human Rights Code it is sex discrimination to prohibit a woman from breast feeding in public or requiring that she cover up:

Human Rights in British Columbia

SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
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Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

It is illegal to discriminate against a woman because she may become pregnant, is pregnant, or has a baby. Nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed their children in a public area, and it is discriminatory to ask them to cover up or breastfeed somewhere else.

http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/human-rights-protection/pdfs/SexDiscrimination&Harassment.pdf
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:08 PM

The law in BC is clear - under the Human Rights Code it is sex discrimination to prohibit a woman from breast feeding in public or requiring that she cover up:


http://www.ag.gov.bc...&Harassment.pdf


I did not know this, thank you for clearing that up for everyone including myself :)
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:16 PM

It's called a blanket, drape it over your breast. But at the same time It's not like they can't use a bottle or go to the bathroom. But a blanket is the key

Edited by CanuckinEdm, 09 August 2010 - 03:19 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:04 PM

Oh please, we all know what boobies look like, so what is the fuss

Heck, I'm not ashame to say it. Sometimes when I'm stuck in rush hour on hwy 1, I'll pull to the side and get out to take a piss.




:P To be honest, i'd feel the same way
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:12 PM

Ya, but common sense isn't the issue here, it's human rights. Much like it's my right to be a douchebag if I so choose, it doesn't mean I should.

What's funny is that in these cases they weren't told not to breatfeed, they were told to cover up. What person with a baby doesn't have a cloth with 'em?

not all babys enjoy or will eat with a blanket overtop their head. you try it tonight at supper see how you like it.

they are just boobs.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:14 PM

i'd plus this if i had any left :lol:
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:23 PM

My question to the people that seem bothered by it is why are you looking?

When a baby is at a womans boob it is quite clear from a distance what is going on. So why are you still looking to complain about it later?

Both my children HATED having their head covered by a blanket when feeding. My wife made sure her shirt was covering as best she could but if you were looking yes you could see some breast. And the ones that stopped to look got told to take a pic cause it would last longer.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:28 PM

I don't have a problem with it. That's what breasts were made for.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:35 PM

The law in BC is clear - under the Human Rights Code it is sex discrimination to prohibit a woman from breast feeding in public or requiring that she cover up:


http://www.ag.gov.bc...&Harassment.pdf



While were on the topic of legal (as opposed to right) can I feel free to stare/take pictures/make a movie with me doing a background sports play by play ("and that kid can really suck down the milk, what do you think jim?") since apparently other people's sensibilities mean nothing anymore.

Oh, and before you call it sexist, nope, I am interested in the science thank you very much!

It should also be noted that it's my right not to shower.

Those rights are pretty funny sometimes!
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:39 PM

My question to the people that seem bothered by it is why are you looking?

When a baby is at a womans boob it is quite clear from a distance what is going on. So why are you still looking to complain about it later?

Both my children HATED having their head covered by a blanket when feeding. My wife made sure her shirt was covering as best she could but if you were looking yes you could see some breast. And the ones that stopped to look got told to take a pic cause it would last longer.



That's the spirit! Anyone take you up on that? :P

Mind you, I could have just as easily bolded the "as best she could" since that's probably all that anyone asks.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:39 PM

I am all for it and more women should breast feed their till they are 5 in public.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:42 PM

not all babys enjoy or will eat with a blanket overtop their head. you try it tonight at supper see how you like it.

they are just boobs.



Get hungover enough you would want that blanket over your head!

I think my point is that the people complaining about their human rights being abused probably don't even TRY to be discrete.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:52 PM

While were on the topic of legal (as opposed to right) can I feel free to stare/take pictures/make a movie with me doing a background sports play by play ("and that kid can really suck down the milk, what do you think jim?") since apparently other people's sensibilities mean nothing anymore.

Oh, and before you call it sexist, nope, I am interested in the science thank you very much!

It should also be noted that it's my right not to shower.

Those rights are pretty funny sometimes!

You could be liable for harassment charges under the Criminal Code.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:52 PM

It's called a blanket, drape it over your breast. But at the same time It's not like they can't use a bottle or go to the bathroom. But a blanket is the key


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:58 PM

It's called a blanket, drape it over your breast. But at the same time It's not like they can't use a bottle or go to the bathroom. But a blanket is the key

Except in BC nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed their children in a public area, and it is discriminatory to ask them to cover up or breastfeed somewhere else.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:59 PM

You could be liable for harassment charges under the Criminal Code.



Why, because I think feeding babies are cute? I can't obvserve public events anymore?

I could understand if I followed someone around doing this but what's so special about talking about a baby?
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:01 PM

It doesn't bother me, but I think a mother should do it as discretely as possible out of respect for other people.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:17 PM

It doesn't bother me, but I think a mother should do it as discretely as possible out of respect for other people.


I'm against discreet. More sexy and less like serving lunch.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:19 PM

Why, because I think feeding babies are cute? I can't obvserve public events anymore?

I could understand if I followed someone around doing this but what's so special about talking about a baby?

Except that was not what you said in the post to which I replied.

You could also open yourself up to a civil suit under the BC Privacy Act.

It is a tort, actionable without proof of damage, for a person, wilfully and without a claim of right, to violate the privacy of another.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:21 PM

Does anyone remember that scene from Me, Myself, and Irene when Jim Carrey pulls away the baby and starts having some himself? All I ever can picture when I think about this topic.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:25 PM

Except that was not what you said in the post to which I replied.

You could also open yourself up to a civil suit under the BC Privacy Act.

It is a tort, actionable without proof of damage, for a person, wilfully and without a claim of right, to violate the privacy of another.


Staring at/taking pictures of babies is illegal? Not only do people stare at babies they tend to come up and make funny faces at them all the time. I have seen babies on the news lots of times so clearly that's not illegal. What difference does it make if they are eating or not? Heck, the article has a link to a news story showing the mothers feeding in public so how is this different?
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:53 PM

To be courteous towards the people around them and to avoid any awkwardness or discomfort, a women should leave the room if possible, but if she covers up suitably, then everyone should just man up and let it happen...


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:13 PM

I have no problem with women breast feeding in public... as long as the other breast is open for public consumption

My parents always taught me "dont give one of your friends something unless there is enough for everyone"
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:41 PM

If a man can be shirtless in a public area so can a woman. It's legal in Vancouver for women to walk around shirtless so the indecency factor can be thrown out the window right at that.

Secondly and most importantly, it is a natural and essential thing for a woman to breastfeed her infant when the infant needs food.
To say that women need to 'cover it all up' or be in a private area in order to breastfeed is absurd and in all reality is suppressive to her rights can also be suppressive to the babies needs.

If you dont like it then dont stare. (which you shouldnt be doing anyway) We live in a beautiful city and there are far more things to focus your attention on.

As for the argument that it's not something for younger audiences....I say we need to stop making natural acts like breastfeeding so taboo and sheltering youth from the realities behind it. By hiding it from them and not educating them early on the subject they create their own conclusions which are almost always incorrect and inappropriate.

Seriously, some people really need to grow the f*** up.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:45 PM

seperate rooms plz, dont need to see that and ruin what i love. not baby feeders there fun bags!
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:46 PM

Boobs > everything else.

Seriously though, this is one of those scenarios where those ridiculous Puritan values just seem to transcend time in North American society. It's just an infant feeding; if you don't like it, put a blanket over YOUR head.

Edited by eh Blondie, 09 August 2010 - 07:47 PM.

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