Friday, 30 August 2013

Breast feeding, nudity....what's the problem??


This has been a pet peeve of mine for a while and I'm sure there has been a million and one articles and blog posts written about this topic....well here's one more! Recently there was public "outrage" at the image of the young mother nakedly breast feeding her child while doing a handstand. The reason for the layout of the picture was because the mother (Daughter of the Sun) was practising her yoga and the child saw an opportunity for some food as there was a breast situated at the perfect height for this baby to access it! This is the picture...


I spotted this shot a while ago and thought it was one of the most beautiful shots I had ever seen. The nudity, the yoga, out in nature. The pairing of a spiritual practise with the innocence of a child. Everything about this photo expresses love and it's so refreshing to see something like this in the world we now find ourselves in. It looks like they are living in pure bliss! There is not one offensive thing in this whole photo, not one. 
However recently I discovered that the blogger who posted this shot had her instagram shut down due to inappropriate images. Also there seemed to be this downpour of negative abuse launched at this woman about the way she lives, how she can live like that etc. It makes me shudder that we have become so far removed from our natural state and how people regard breast feeding as inappropriate. There is of course the Time magazine picture of the woman breast feeding her child and this was inappropriate apparently because of the size of the child. He's three years old and according to all the criticizers of this shot, way past breast feeding age! Not that anyone really has the right to judge when someone stops breast feeding their child...


I have a son who is six now and when I would be out in public breast feeding I would get funny looks and people not happy to dine in the same restaurant as a woman breast feeding her child. I struggled with breast feeding under a blanket which isn't the end of the world but it is a sad reflection of the separation of the human mind with the human body. How anyone can deem breast feeding as perverse is beyond me. Breasts are there for feeding, that is their function and if the person who looks on at this is uncomfortable then they need to really take a look at themselves and their issues with sexuality and the human form. The same can also be said for nudity. Children should be exposed to the human form so that they don't grow into adults who fear it and attach a dirty, perverse and wrong feeling to it. Various religions have already done enough in the way of outlawing sexuality and the naked form, we should be moving forward and away from these closed minded beliefs towards a healthier, open and more natural view of nudity, breast feeding etc. This unnatural state of being is causing destruction not only in relationships but in emotional connections and the expression of love and harmony. So stop all the "inappropriate" judgements and just be and accept. 

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