Who do you discriminate against?

This is my gentle reminder to you:

Are you entitled to eat in public?

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So is everyone else.

It is illegal (not to mention rude, immoral, and abhorrent) to interfere with a woman breastfeeding a child.

Cal. Civil Code § 210.5 (2000) allows the mother of a breastfed child to postpone jury duty for one year and specifically eliminates the need for the mother to appear in court to request the postponement. The law also provides that the one-year period may be extended upon written request of the mother. [Chap. 266 (AB 1814)]

Cal. Health and Safety Code § 1647 (1999) declares that the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk for the purpose of human consumption is considered to be a rendition of service rather than a sale of human milk. [Chap. 87 (AB 532)]

Cal. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 155 (1998) encourages the state and employers to support and encourage the practice of breastfeeding, by striving to accommodate the needs of employees, and by ensuring that employees are provided with adequate facilities for breastfeeding and expressing milk for their children. The resolution memorializes the governor to declare by executive order that all state employees be provided with adequate facilities for breast feeding and expressing milk.

Cal. Civil Code § 43.3 (1997) allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, except the private home or residence of another, where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be present. (AB 157)

Cal. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 95 (1996) proclaims the week of August 1 through 7, 1996, as Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Cal. Health and Safety Code § 123360, 123365 (1995) requires the Department of Health Services to include in its public service campaign the promotion of mother who breastfeed their infants. The law requires hospitals to make available a breastfeeding consultant or alternatively, provide information to the mother on where to receive breastfeeding information. (AB 973, AB 977)

Cal. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 41 (1995) proclaims August 1 through 7, 1995, Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Cal. Lab. Code § 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033 (2001) Employers need to allow a break and a provide a room for a mother who desires to milk in private.

So guess what? You, personally, are not entitled to a breast-free zone. Nor are you entitled to hypersexualize all breasts at all times. Breasts are functional. So they turn you on? So the fuck what? Some people fetishize feet. Doesn’t mean that you are entitled to demand a ban on sandals.

If you can’t separate breasts from sex, I suggest that you stop having sex until you educate yourself about the female body. Breasts are NOT genitalia.

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~ by heycarahe on December 18, 2007.

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