There comes a time in every mummy bloggers blog that she writes ‘the boob post’ so in the spirit of many ladies before me (apologies Jess, Emily, Kelly, Catherine , Danya for using the search box on your blog to search for boobs) I’ve decided why not.
Some of you are obviously thinking “About time! Your thoughts about breasts are an important contribution to the body of knowledge that is the internet”. Others (especially those that arrived at this blog with search terms such as “raunchy homophones”, “kingnap sextube”, “sex mummers picture [sic]“) are leaning closer to your monitors, eyes wide, breathless with expectation however most of you are probably thinking, “Hold on Kev! You’re a guy! How do I know this isn’t a gratuitous attempt to fill your blog with searchable key words?”
To answer the last question yes, I’m a guy and yes, there will be gratuitous mentions of boobs but there is actually a legitimate reason behind the post. You see the reason I’ve decided to write this, apart from the it being a right of passage (see above) is because of everyone’s favorite breakfast television host – David Koch, aka Kochy. (David, just contact me via the facebook page when you get round to reading this)
Previously, you probably had very little to be thankful to Kochie for (the obvious exception being when he broke the big news about Bieber not wanting to be touched by girls when he was in Australia) but after his comments about breastfeeding the other day he’s given anyone with a keyboard the excuse to talk at length about breasts and breast feeding and baring breasts (ok, slightly gratuitous there).
To his defense, the conversations about bare breasts came second to his initial comments about breast feeding in public but to sum it up, Kochy was of the opinion that if your going to breast feed, do it so not many people can see you or what your actually doing. In his words, be “classy” about it.
Anyway, back to my boob post… I’ll start by saying that I disagree with Kochy. Society is way to hung up on how it ‘looks’ when women do something that is completely natural. I’ve read some interesting commentary on the topic today, one particular post made a good point about society being more prepared to see breasts shown in a sexual nature than doing what they were actually designed for.
However I need to balance my disagreement with an insight into the complex world that is Kev. You see as much as I know, on a rational level that it’s not big deal, it’s hard as a guy to avert your eyes from an area of the female body you’ve spent the better part of 25 years trying to see (and 20 years trying to touch). Matt at daddydownunder put it well in his boob post (another mummy milestone reacher) saying that “It’s as if their boobs are giant magnets and my eyes are a couple of innocent little ball bearings pulled against their will“. Although I have learned to employ the looking-at-the-sun method I’m sure that at some point I have inadvertently, innocently and unintentionally made a breast feeding mum feel slightly uncomfortable.
So with my less rational thoughts in mind, I wonder if Mr Koch’s comments are more to do with his (and my) hangups. And it’s not just guys. My thorough research tonight (ie asking Mrs Illiterate Infant what she thinks) came up with some interesting findings. She mentioned that even as a woman, it takes her a second to refocus when she see a woman breast feeding. It’s not uncomfortable, just unexpected.
So, what do you think? Was Kochy out of line? Is it any of his business what breast feeding mums do? Is breast feeding anywhere a right or should you act in what others may think? What did you do? Did you cover up? And lastly… feel free to add your own boob post to the comments below.
As always, linking up this Tuesday with Jess’ IBOT at essentiallyjess