Upon finishing my weekly blog post and weekly assignment, I went onto Facebook for a quick break before continuing working. I was on for less than one minute when I stumbled upon an article that was shared about a ridiculous double standard regarding women and breastfeeding. Maria Corry shared a photo of her daughter breastfeeding on Facebook, where it was reported for nudity more than 5 times. The photo did not expose any private parts, however seemed to offend viewers. Corry responded with the photo shown above with the caption “I bet this won’t be reported, because you can see this picture in every mall you step into, huge and blown up outside the store.” Her argument being that sexualized photos of women’s breasts are accepted while breastfeeding is shamed and deemed inappropriate.
In Laci Green’s Youtube video entitled “Why I’m A…Feminist *Gasp*,” she addresses many of these issues with society where people tend to point fingers at what the woman did wrong, rather than the faults with society itself. One of her complaints is that when women claim sexual assault, one of the first questions asked is “What was she wearing?” This is frustrating because it transfers some of the blame from the assaulter to the victim. Isn’t it a fault of males that they take advantage of women? (And vice versa because yes, men can be sexually assaulted too). Similarly, why is it that society finds breast feeding repulsive but idolize the supermodels that grace the runway in hardly any clothes? I believe the issue resides more with society’s idea of how women should be represented in media. Breastfeeding is natural, and while society feels the need to point fingers at Corry for expressing a very normal and necessary aspect of life, we fail to recognize faults in our own thinking about how women’s bodies should be portrayed.
I find it amazing that issues regarding portrayal of women’s bodies are so prevalent on social media. In fact, I would find it hard to scroll through any social media for more than 5 minutes without reading about some type of injustice or inconsistency with the treatment of women.
Bologna, Caroline. 2016. “Mom Uses Victoria’s Secret Photo to Highlight Absurd Double Standard”. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mom-uses-victorias-secret-photo-to-highlight-absurd-double-standard_us_56e19cece4b065e2e3d4f9a7
Green, Laci. 2014. “Why I’m A…Feminist *Gasp*”. YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwJRFClybmk).