Women’s bodies are routinely utilized objectively in the name of marketing or titilation – to widespread indifference – yet many still flinch at the sight of a mother breastfeeding in public. Poet, Hollie McNish riffs on double-standards and embarrassment; and what does this reflect back to us in our hyper-sexualized culture?
I live in New York, and I see them everywhere – on subways, in coffee shops, on park benches, lying on their sides on picnic quilts, in restaurants while others are eating around them, in buses, in supermarkets, in department stores, on the streets. Women, pulling out their breasts from under their shirts, clipping open their bras, sometimes exposing a nipple, to feed a hungry child in the middle of a public place. I see them, and I think to myself:
How in the world could anyone, ever, have an issue with this?
I am a native of Finland, and I realize that our relationship with nudity in general is very different than in many other countries, largely due to our sauna culture which is as essential to being a Finn as 4th of July barbecues are for Americans. We grow up understanding that a naked body, or bare breasts…
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