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Breastfeeding in Public – A Moral Problem

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breastfeeding in public

Well, this image just about says it all, doesn’t it? Just think about if for a minute (or less). Even in Canada, where women have won the right to go topless and to breastfeed in public, the debate rages with a lot of anger directed at moms who dare to bare a breast in order to feed her baby. Somehow, seeing a mother breastfeeding will traumatize other people’s children, or as is often stated: “It will scar them for life!”  Having a legal right to breastfeed in public (and this now includes Facebook though such photos are still constantly being removed and the posters punished) doesn’t guarantee that police wont arrest you for creating a public disturbance (even if there is no “public” being disturbed – police have the right to be disturbed in Canada). I was breast fed, my children were breast fed and I am sure that my grandchildren got to be acquainted with their mothers’ breasts. After all, it is a natural thing to do.

Psychologically, from a Jungian perspective, all heated response to situations and images are always about oneself, not about the image or the situation. We feel offended, we feel angry, we feel embarrassed, we feel stimulated, we feel sad, we feel happy – all these are inner voices. In objective terms, there is nothing but natural life in the situation, or representation of life in an image. Each of us adds our own “stuff” which we then project onto others or the images. But of course, when you are caught in one of these activated responses (activated complexes), there is no rational thinking by the ego.

Rather than add a heated voice to the debate, I will simply leave it at that and ask you to look at the images and then to consider where your emotional responses comes from. What is activated? Where does that come from within you?

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Written by Robert G. Longpré

September 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

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