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Guest Blog by Becky K.
Becky K, is a mom of 5, Doula and breastfeeding mentor of 12 years. Runs the Facebook page, If At First You Don’t Breastfeed: A place for hope.
On March 12, 2013, Texas Representative Debbie Riddle posted this on her Facebook page:
Dear Texas Representative Debbie Riddle,
Basic human rights. That is what is at stake here. We live in a society where the female form is sexualized and exploited to satisfy the male consumer. This is apparently acceptable to you. Saying women need to be “modest” while feeding their children, while ignoring the “immodesty” on social media, in advertising and media and not demanding that the male form be equally subjected to the idea of modesty, is to be ignorant and without basis for your argument. Historically, women have fed their children openly and without notice. It is people like you who set up a double standard, make eating gross, form a line in the sand, and allow harassment and discrimination to flourish.
It was a business venture, infant formula, that took something that was once commonplace just a few decades ago, and tossed it to the side like a dirty rag. Yes, children have survived, but they are not thriving. We have obesity and diabetes, and all sorts of other health issues that plague children and continue into adulthood.
Mothers are trying to take back their children’s health, but decisions like yours, to not defend breastfeeding in all areas, are hurting their efforts. Women quit breastfeeding for various reasons. Humiliation is one. And leaving it up to business owners to decide how the mother should define modesty is exactly like leaving it up to them to decide what colors of skin are acceptable in their shops. Are you really willing to let that be the case? Are you really willing to set women back so far? Apparently so.
One must ask who you really work for. Who is your constituency? Men? Women? People as a whole? Or are you pandering to lobbyists? Formula companies perhaps? What would we find if we looked at who you took money from? Nestlé? Abbott Labs? Another food corp? And do you dare pass it off at the detriment of public health and welfare? I’d like to know. Because even though you don’t represent me, you don’t represent human rights either.
Edited to add:
The most important thing about Riddle’s stance right now is that it is irrelevant if we don’t make it out of committee. Please, if you have time to either comment on her FB page OR write to the B&I Committee, opt to write to B&I. They are who matter most at *this* moment.
Texans, see www.tinyurl.com/KANIP1706letters
If you’re not a Texan, please share our letter writing campaignhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=343012382465993&set=a.286430378124194.50869.285488191551746&type=1&theater
& this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/165119216973838/
& our call for TX NIP incidents to be emailed to USBFLeg@gmail.com.
IF you comment on her post & you are a Texan, please begin your comment by saying so.
If you are in her district, District 150, even better. Look up your rep. here:http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/
Here’s a map of her district:http://www.texastribune.org/directory/districts/tx-house/150/
PLEASE do not engage the trolls. They make themselves look ignorant without any help from us.
PLEASE be respectful of Representative Riddle. If we are hostile, if we tell her she’s lost our vote – well, then we’ve lost her ear. It may be helpful to read these guidelines:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZXkpBZ9URZsWKoXyAfCIQoYV_RAxjPOdX3PzSypDttI/edit