After years of writing about mothers being shamed in public I've gotten very used to people making absurd analogies to explain why public breastfeeding is just not okay in their eyes. But never have I seen so many ridiculous comments in one place as I did today when I stumbled across an old HuffPost article about a mother shamed for breastfeeding her 16-day-old infant at a recreation center. Those pesky newborns! Always getting hungry in the most inappropriate places!
The following comments are real. These people actually think the following things are exactly like breastfeeding. Wow.
Yes Fred, taking a shit in public is totally the same thing as breastfeeding a child. Oh, wait -- no it's not. It's illegal. And disgusting.
2. Changing a maxi-pad.
Yup, some people have just not grown up enough to know the difference between feeding a baby and having sex in a public place.
4. Smoking cigarettes.
Yeah, only there's no such thing as "secondhand" breast milk. In no way is your health being impacted by this woman's decision to feed her baby. I can't believe that even needs to be said.
5. Making out.
This is just weird. There's nothing wrong with either of these things.
6. Public urination.
Dude, if you can find a bucket laying around, go ahead and pee in it. But it's illegal, so good luck with that.
7. Farting in an elevator.
I don't even know where to go with this.
8. Dropping your pants in public.
Dudes looooooove this analogy.
9. "Whipping out" a penis.
Nope, Russell -- it's not. Unlike breastfeeding, it's illegal.
10. Being a creepy weirdo.
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