As some of you know, I've challenged myself to wear one of my Intactivist T-shirts at least twice per week to a busy public place, like grocery shopping, the mall and so on.
Today I went to the annual Breastfeeding Challenge held at Moss Street Market wearing a new one which says "Lactivist Intactivist" in big funky lettering on top, and "breastfeeding for all, circumcision for none" in clean bold print underneath, and got great responses from people there, ie: while waiting in line to register, a woman said she loved it, wanted to buy one etc. And the lady at the registration table, who saw my other shirts last year & the year before was happy to see a new one this year.
I decided that it didn't count really because I was surrounded by a bunch of crunchies anyways, sooooo I just went down to the local mall to buy some yarn at Zellers, then went to the food court (which was literally packed with people) bought some Greek food, got some magazines and ate & read for awhile. Then I popped into the Starbuck's also in the food court there, and while waiting at the bar for my Chai Latte, a woman probably in her 40's came over to wait as well.
I could tell she was reading my shirt so after a bit I glanced over and smiled at her. She grinned and said "I LOVE
your shirt!!!" (with that much enthusiasm) I thinked her and told her about the BFing Challenge and that I make a shirt every year etc. She said "That's fantastic, but you know, I really LOVE the part about "Circumcision For None"
I was so pleased when she said that - talk about major positive energy!
She told me that 16 years ago when her son was born she & her hubby were made to feel like freaks for leaving him intact. I told her "I am really grateful that you left him intact" and she replied "You know what? WE are really grateful too!"
We chatted for a few more minutes and I know I inspired her to talk more about this with others. SO COOL!
Anyways, just was bursting to tell you guys!