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I just missed the beginning of the Daily Show and when I turned it on, Jon was...Making fun of a woman nursing????
She was at some sort of government function, as far as I could tell. He then followed with a comment about it being a "wardrobe malfunction". somebody please tell me this wasn't true and that I missed something. If not, shame shame shame on him
 

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I saw it too. I was so disappointed.

I had hoped they would do a story on the Barbara Walters thing where they showed her original words and then her clumsy backtracking. I could see a funny Stephen Colbert segment on the "offensiveness" of nursing in public, with a montage of shots of Baywatch and Victoria's Secret models interspersed with regular moms sitting on a bench nursing.

Instead we get Jon Stewart leering at that mother, and looking incredulous that anyone would dare nurse in a situation like that. UGH. UGH.
 

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I think I could make into the city for a Nurse-In at the Comedy Central Studios. I'm really getting into this lactavist stuff! Anything to spread the word that Nursing is not PORN!!!!!!! Ugh!!!!! Think of all the moms who will choose not to NIP or nurse at all b/c of what these people who have acess to the general-not-so-well-informed public are saying!!!!!

I'm so mad right now I feel like breaking out my old pump and taking Reglan to start the flow again!!! Make my toddlers start nursing again just to bring them to nurse-in's and piss people off!!
 

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Originally Posted by theatremum
unlike Babs WaWa, I don't think Jon meant anything by it other than the cheap joke for the show. I'm pretty sure his wife BFs.
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He said "That is one nutritious wardrobe malfunction....mmmm."

I love his "mmm" voice.
 

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Well you know, most of the people they make fun of on the Daily Show have signed up for it. They know what they are getting into when they agree to get interviewed. Like the Cooter Festival people, or the Mattress King. They end up looking ridiculous, but they chose to be there.

The woman they showed was just trying to feed her baby. She probably didn't even know she was on camera. For Jon to give his incredulous pause, like he does for something particularly dumb politicans say, I felt was inappropriate and disrespectful. I didn't find it funny.

I still think a booby segment would be hilarous. Juxtapose that same woman with scenes from prime time TV of flaunted surgically enhanced breasts.
 

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I saw it, and while it could be taken offensively, I don't think any offense was intended. I didn't think he *leered*. I think he was commenting on the surprise of seeing a nursing pair at a government hearing. He never once alluded to an opinion that the woman shouldn't be there. And he called it nutritious


And the woman was very discreet. I was impressed.

Lactivism is great, but let's keep our sense of humor.

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Originally Posted by kate-astrophe

Lactivism is great, but let's keep our sense of humor.

-Kate
Yeah. I thought it was funny. It was a silly joke on how unexpected it is to see a woman breastfeeding during a congressional hearing (I think it was a hearing).

Plus, he called it nutritious. I didn't think there was an implication that breastfeeding is wrong or pornographic.
 

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Honestly, from what I saw it didn't seem as though Jon thought it was pornographic, but it did "rub me the wrong way" to see him joke about it and show a woman breastfeeding very discreetly. What else was she supposed to do? Would we have laughed at a bottle fed baby there? I really doubt it. I just think that Jon could save his usually very funny jokes for something a little less innocent and valuable than nursing.
 

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I, too, didn't think he was making fun of the woman, just pointing out how funny it was that she was sitting right behind the speaker at a televised hearing. I was hoping he'd go a little further and give a couple jabs to the anti-bf'ing crowd, but alas, no.

I agree a Stephen Colbert seg would be awesome.

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"first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you. Then you win"

(sorry I'm not sure you to credit that to)

Every mention of breastfeeding in the media opens the topic for discussion in homes and water coolers across America. It will not be a straight line towards breastfeeding being "normal". People will need to discuss and debate every aspect of breastfeeding in public. But remember, we have the truth and "right" on our side. Have faith. so we will "win", in the end. It is inevitable.

Back to the Daily Show, specifically. By doing this "bit" - he just showed a woman breastfeeding at a gov't meeting!!!! How would we ever have gotten that many people to see that! he may have mocked it - but it showed that it is possible, that woman did it, she was not being a radical, she was just doing what needed to be done - and no one was making her leave or cover up. My goodness, waht a step ahead - a woman breastfeeding where she needed to be, not just sitting at home in a rocking chair!

My dh and I are eagerly awaiting a new Saturday Night Live - considering they already often do a "The View" spoof - I'm pretty sure they will do something about the Nurse-In.

Personally I think that comedy about breastfeeding is great. At least people will talk about it. That is my only regret about "The View" - that we may have put a gag on them about discussing breastfeeding - but in that case, since its not really a comedy show - and these are women with huge viewership, it needed to be addressed. this was perhaps not the objective we had in mind when doing the nurse-in, but considering the way things turned out, I'm willing to make the sacrifice that they may never discuss breastfeeding again. Overall, the NYC Nurse-in has changed the world a bit for breastfeeding advocates.

(BTW, I work with committees on implementing the Baby-Friendly Initiative. sometimes hospitals want to just copy the bfing policy of another hospital. But the value of BFI is not the accreditation itself, but the process of change the hospital must go through to get there. it is all the discussions and education and negotiation that must be done to put the policy in place, that make the hospital "Baby-Friendly", not the certificate itself.

Similarly, it is all the jokes and discussion and arguement that will change society to recognizing breastfeeding as normal. We ALL need to keep standing up for breastfeeding in our families, workplaces and social settings. Speak your truth about breastfeeding, as you have experienced it. We know that the vast majority have not, and will never be able to turn back the clock to personally experience a normal breastfeeding relationship (as a parent or child), so your voice will have to be loud and strong.

sometimes humour is the first step to get people to talk about a truly sensitive and emotianal (and important) subject - and we all know there is a lot of baggage around breastfeeding and the breasts.

Janice
 

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By doing this "bit" - he just showed a woman breastfeeding at a gov't meeting!!!! How would we ever have gotten that many people to see that! he may have mocked it - but it showed that it is possible, that woman did it, she was not being a radical, she was just doing what needed to be done - and no one was making her leave or cover up. My goodness, waht a step ahead - a woman breastfeeding where she needed to be, not just sitting at home in a rocking chair!
 

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Initially it bugged me, but after listening to the whole thing it didn't.

He was just making fun of the whole meeting. Here are our elected officials, and they are forced to have a meeting in the basement, b/c other elected officials weren't letting them have a room for their meeting, they have microphones that weren't working, and here is a woman bf'ing.

I don't think he was making fun of the bf'ing, but just the fact that here was our lovely governent, the leaders of our nation..... and they are less organized than a kindergarten class. I think if there was a group of school children listening in he would have zoomed in on them.... nothing wrong with either one, in that scenario... but it was just kinda funny when all put together. Kwim?

I think, though, another poster mentioned it... one way or another it was actually good to see a women bf'ing at a meeting.

Finally, I just love that show to bits, DH and I had to pause the TIVO for about 5 minutes b/c we were laughing so hard at the OIL acronym bit. (mmm, don't recall if it was on the same show or another one we had taped from yesterday) Anyway, guess it's always possible my like of the show is clouding my viewpoint, but the bit personally did bother me.

Tammy
 
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