Originally Posted by HashtagBB
I have never seen a topless woman in New York, so I would be very surprised if that were true. Even if that were the case, I think there's a difference between walking around with legally exposed breasts in public and having a baby attached to those breasts in a location where young, impressionable individuals are forcibly detained.
It is legal for a woman to be topless non-commercially in my province of Ontario. A woman named Gwen Jacobs was convicted of indecency after going topless in 1996, but won her appeal. Subsequent cases have upheld that appeal, so it is pretty legal to walk around topless. That does not mean that women walk around topless all the time--just because you can, doesn't mean you have to, just that you can.
Here's an article about the legality of toplessness in New York: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-o...b_3831583.html
Originally Posted by HashtagBB
I think I do need protection from such exposure. If that weren't the case, then why are there ratings on movies? As the mother of young children, you probably don't let your kids watch X-rated films, right? My parents were very strict about PG13 and rated R films for that exact reason.
That's nice. But movie ratings are for your guidance, not for your protection. Movie theatres don't have to enforce ratings--if they felt like letting a teenager into an R-rated movie, they could, for instance. It is a voluntary system.
Actually, I don't censor what my child watches, but it's fine for parents to make rules about what their underage kids can watch. Parents don't get to make rules about whether their children are exposed to breastfeeding, though. If they don't like their kids seeing breastfeeding, or gay people getting married in a park, or bad weather, or anything totally legal they happen not to like, it's too damn bad.
You say I am free to stop buying the product (classes) in the future, but this isn't a choice wholly of my own volition. A college degree is a barrier to entry for many jobs these days (in many cases, it's even a master's degree or a PhD). Without that diploma, I wouldn't be able to accomplish my goals.
You are not legally entitled to a job, and institutions are not legally required to help you achieve every goal you have. I know, it sucks.
There are certain norms of decency we should expect our professors to abide by. For instance, I wouldn't want my teacher to use expletives in class. While dropping an f-bomb wouldn't be damaging to my edification in a strict sense, it would be damaging to the overall quality and repute of instruction at the university. I think the exposure of bare breasts is a similar issue.
I am not asking every professor to agree with what I have to say. I just think that this willfully political act materially affects my ability to thrive as a student. That's a problem.
Feeding a baby in public is just something any woman is allowed to do in your state when she and the baby wish. You keep asserting that your teacher is being "political" in doing it, but you're just making those motives up.
In fact, the nice thing about having a law protecting your right to breastfeed, is that you have the luxury of doing it when your baby is hungry without it being a huge political protest every time you latch them on. When I was in a coffee shop, and my son started to fuss and my milk started to let down for him, man was I ever glad that I could just feed him in peace without some random guy assuming I was making some political statement.