Author Archives: Leah Charpentier

I Almost Chose Not To Breastfeed Because Of The Sexualization Of My Breasts

I Almost Chose Not To Breastfeed Because Of The Sexualization Of My Breasts

I feel so sexualized by this culture that I have internalized the notion that my body is for MEN to be enjoyed by MEN and to be appraised by MEN. My breasts? Definitely belong to me, but they only do so insofar as I agree that they are sexual tools…for MEN. See the trend here? Sucking on a boob is something a man does, certainly not a baby. Are you with me thus far? It’s like placing the words “newborn” and “dildo” in the same sentence: it’s just not OK It’s kind of nasty. That was my perspective before having my son. More »

Labor Pains: My Birthing Classes Are Scaring The Crap Out Of Me

Labor Pains: My Birthing Classes Are Scaring The Crap Out Of Me

“You’re all first time moms, right?” she smiles broadly in her pink scrubs. We all nod, looking around at one another for confirmation. “Ok, so you may THINK you’re in labor. But you’re probably not. No, you’re not in labor until you are white knuckling it at my desk. Understand? You should not be able to SPEAK because it will hurt so bad. THEN you are in REAL labor. OK, Mommies?”

I started to feel that pineapple churning. Oh god. More »