Originally Posted by HashtagBB
I was thinking it could be sexual harassment because breasts are inherently sexual organs, so if they are exposed to minors, then that could qualify as sexual harassment.
I guess I didn't necessarily expect to get a positive reception, but I was hoping I would at least be pointed in the direction of actual state laws instead of empty drivel about how it is a fundamental right or something. Don't I also have a fundamental right to achieve as much as possible in a harassment-free environment as a student?
Yes, you do, but somebody breastfeeding in the same room as you is not considered harassment and could not be legally proved to be harassment in any state.
As for actual state laws, I said in an earlier post that you should say what state or province you were from and we could tell you the law! But here's a pretty good summary of state laws
. Forty-six states have laws that allow women to breastfeed in any
public or private location. Breastfeeding is explicitly exempt from public indecency laws in more than half of the states.
I don't want to make a newborn infant's life more difficult, but I would like to see the school implement some sort of policy to prevent future disasters like this. My school claims it is open to many cultures and students of many backgrounds. And, as I have said, many people other than myself took personal offense to my professor's open breastfeeding. I love my school, but what if news of this gets out and future students are discouraged from enrolling and choose other schools. I don't want this incident to have negative repercussions for myself in the short term or for future generations of students in the long term.
This was not a disaster, and nothing in the world protects you from being offended by normal things people have a right to do.
I'm offended by most pop music, by people who have cash bars at their weddings, and by people who wear clip-on bow ties as opposed to tie-up bow ties, the only real kind of bow tie. Just because I am offended by those things, doesn't give me any legal power to stop those things happening around me, even in a class.
Your university likely has
a policy in place for these types of situations--and the policy likely protects your teacher from being harassed by you, not you from being exposed to her. If it does not have a policy to protect her, it will in the next few years.
Frankly, I also think the classroom is an inappropriate forum for a feminist professor to advance her agenda and make a point about breastfeeding. If she feels so strongly about it, she should consider writing articles and taking interviews, not using us as pawns.
Her motives for doing something she has a perfect right to do is not your concern. Whether she was doing it to feed her baby, or to prove a point, or both, won't matter.