momentary lapse

Due to the fact that I quit caffeine a couple days ago and can now only sleep and pop aspirin in my spare time, this week’s post will be slightly delayed. Please do return on Tuesday for thoughts on the human peace signs that echoed around the globe yesterday.

In the meantime, check out these breastfeeding images that Liz Schamehorn sent me, wondering whether or not the censors might want these banned as well…

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3 Responses to momentary lapse

  1. Amber Mills April 20, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    I am (in physical ways) a very shy woman. I would never ever ever show my breasts in public. I would walk around with dinner size plate sweat stains under my arms and my lower back lathered in sweat before I took off my shirt to releave myself.
    However, I totally reserve the right to take my shirt off if I want too and it doesn’t bother me in any way when other women do for purposes of comfort or breast feeding. I don’t really understand what the problem is if a woman feels comfortable to do so.
    The argument I have heard against it, is that breasts are partly sexual organs, cabable of sexual stimuli and therefore private. Well all I have to say to that is that as a woman, taking my shirt off doesn’t automatically make me horny (sorry guys).
    I do think if a woman is taking her shirt off as a method of flirtation, she may want to think twice about her ethics.

  2. margaret clare ford March 20, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    About bare breasts, this story might amuse you.

    Do you remember the Gwen Jacobs case in Ontario? Walking along the street with friends one very hot day, she took off her t-shirt just as they had done, and (unlike her male friends)was arrested for indecency.

    Some women in our area were moved to plan a demonstration in her support. I sympathized, but was busy with other concerns. Our youngest son, Will, however, came to me with a notion that had me rolling on the floor with laughter so I said “Go for it, and I’ll come too”

    On the day of the demo Will talked with the organizers to see if they were OK with what he planned. They too, laughed, and said”Go ahead”. By this time a really horrid crowd of male gawpers and leerers had also assembled, with cameras. Is there a breast deprivation in this society do you think?

    A cop led us to the appointed area and at a given signal we all removed our t-shirts. We women were bare-breasted, but 6 foot, black-bearded, swarthy Will was wearing a delicate lavender-coloured lacy wisp of a bra round his brawny chest. Such a shriek of delight went up all round that the eyes-on-stalks voyeurs were thrown off balance and embarassed.

    The cop told us to put our t-shirts back on and most did, but I told him that my breasts had nurtured four babies and were nothing to be ashamed of, and that since I was old enough to be his grandmother he should show more respect. So he asked me politely to please put on my t-shirt and I did.

    I was a little shy facing my Quaker meeting the following day, knowing that Saturday’s front page had given very full coverage to our uncoverage, including a large photo in which I was clearly visible, but most approved.

    Laughter is the best response to all the double standards about the indecency of breasts – as it is to many things.

  3. carey March 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    beautiful art work! it proves the ignorance of “my space”
    quit coffee!!!! i offer my support and condolences all at once. we should all probably cut back….you are an inspiration for those who wish to attempt such a feat….i on the other hand just can’t do it! take your time adjusting to your new found caffiene free world…..

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