*Not everyone stood in support of a woman who chose to expose her breast to feed her fussy infant, moments after she had walked across the stage to accept her degree in accounting.
Excited about including “the person” she cares most about in the world in the proud moment, Karlesha Thurman, allowed a fellow graduate who thought it was “cool” of her to feed her baby while decked out in her cap and gown, to snap a picture, which she later put up on social media. Scroll down to see photo.
The photo went viral, with Thurman gaining support from many on the internet.
But some called her actions “inappropriate” and quite frankly, so do I.
In what has become a society without boundaries, and a major lack of etiquette, it is easy for many who support Thurman’s decision to erroneously use it as an opportunity to lash out about a woman’s right to breastfeed in public.
But don’t get it twisted, that’s not the argument here.
Mothers have breastfed their babies wherever and whenever they needed to over time. This is not new nor debatable. The difference here is, when it was done in public, they covered themselves with a diaper, scarf or whatever.
Certainly not due to any sense of embarrassment or shame or disgust. Not any rules or regulations. Just etiquette. It took little effort for them to put a scarf or diaper over their shoulder, covering their breast and even partially, the child’s face, for this very intimate event. Many times these women’s husbands were in attendance.
They didn’t just whip out their bare tit and start feeding their baby in mixed company.
Think about it: Would you expose your breast to a man in public? Why not, its the same breast.
Some called Thurman’s decision “inappropriate,” adding that she should have covered up. And some said worse.
“I was proud of the fact that not only did I graduate but that I got to share the moment with the one person who is the most important to me and that is my daughter,” Karlesha Thurman said Monday.
I find it most surprising that Thurman herself seems completely surprised that the photo caused any controversy at all.
Claiming she never wanted attention because of the photo and didn’t realize that some people have a problem with public breast-feeding, Thurman says:
“I honestly thought that as a society, people were more understanding to breast-feeding and understood the importance of breast-feeding,” said Thurman, 25. “It’s not disgusting, it’s not a bad thing, it’s not a negative thing,” Thurman added. “It’s the best thing for my daughter. More people should do it.”
Apparently, she just doesn’t seem to be getting the “cover up” part.
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