Originally Posted by HashtagBB
If what I am saying is so unreasonable, then why do so many people in my class, males and females included, agree with what I'm saying? Surely we all can't be wrong.
Surely not. If you talked to some other people in your college lecture class after class, and they agreed with you, then surely nothing else can be said on the matter, right?
Sorry! You and your college lecture acquaintances do not have some magical key to knowledge on civil rights.
And I'm not asking for sympathy. I was looking to see if people would consider this type of behavior appropriate, and at least one person here has admitted that it was not, in fact, appropriate. I don't think of her as a villain since she is a very good teacher. I just think she was trying to play the "feminist card" and draw unnecessary attention to herself. That's all.
One person agreed that it is generally not appropriate to care for a child at the same time as lecturing. I agree with this, too. I have childcare for my son while I work, also, so I can focus. However, everyone with an infant will have an emergency day or two. It seems you did not have a problem with your teacher occasionally bringing her child to class, just with seeing public breastfeeding.
You also point out that breastfeeding in public is inappropriate in any situation, even when the woman is not working, but shopping, or in a park, or otherwise at her leisure.
Being called squeamish is rather insulting. Not sure why you can't see that. It presupposes that my reaction is unnatural and that I am uniquely offended, as if there is something wrong with me, when many of my peers were equally offended. In fact, a cursory search on google.com reveals that there have been similar episodes in the past at other schools and there is a good deal of public debate on the matter, with many professionals sharing the same perspective as me, including mothers.
Again, just because some of your classmates and some people you found on the internet agree with you, it doesn't make your position virtuous.
You don't have to be the only one in the world who is disgusted by public breastfeeding to be considered squeamish--what gave you that idea? Your classmates should learn to get over their squeamishness also, for the sake of the child. Maybe some of them already have.
It is likely there are some people in your lecture class who agree with me, too. There are some who saw her breastfeed and didn't think much of it one way or another, and some that saw her breastfeed and thought, "Right on! This teacher is awesome!" The likelihood that these type of people are your particular friends, and that you would have talked to them after class, is low.