THE internet is losing its mind yet again. This time, it’s because a woman posted a photo of herself on the loo while her baby sneaks in a quick feed.
The photo is captioned, “Every parent knows this joy” and it’s had more than 200,000 likes, and has been shared nearly 25,000 times.
But once again, what was meant to bring people together has polarised the masses. Good work, internet.
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After realising that she is in fact breastfeeding, rather than the baby snuggling into her elbow, the comments started flying.
On one hand, you have the people laughing along: “This is my daily life now!” and “Kids never want anything until you’re in the bathroom.”
On the other hand, you have the people who say “Oh my goodness! That’s unsanitary!” and “I don’t want to see that!” and “Look at the mess in her bathroom!”
There were even a few “Oh my goodness, tampons!”, as though a woman owning tampons is some kind of revelation.
Personally, I don’t see the big deal.
All parents know that toddlers have no sense of privacy. Where you are, they need to be – particularly if you’re thinking about closing the door.
Many women breastfeed in public toilets for a little privacy, or because they feel they should. How is this any different?
We live in a strangely conservative society. We see boobs in movies and TV shows all the time, but when there’s a baby attached to that boob suddenly it’s a moment that shouldn’t be shared or no one wants to see it.
It’s surprisingly common to see photos of people on the loo or of guys relieving themselves on trees or behind. There’s even, God forbid, a website where you can rate pictures of people’s excrement. But share a photo of yourself on the toilet and you’re suddenly sharing too much, even if the photo is modest.
Now, I’m not saying that we should post an update every time someone goes to the bathroom, but there’s no reason to be prudish about something that is completely natural for our bodies to do.
Sure, it might not be glamorous, but it’s life.
And this woman is simply sharing a part of hers.
If you really don’t want to see it, just scroll on past and move on.
After all, there are more important things to be outraged about.
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