A woman breastfeeding her baby on the bus was chuck off by the bus driver because of a complaint (‘indecent exposure’!). She ended up having to spend money on a cab to get home.
“The driver told me someone had said I was indecently exposing myself and said, ‘stop or get off my bus’. It was like he was suggesting I was doing horrendous things.
“But I was being quite discreet. I explained I was only feeding my baby and the driver said, ‘can you get off my bus, please’. I felt completely humiliated because it was a packed bus.”
Thankfully the bus company is investigating the matter but this incident highlights how repressed and screwed-up people are when it comes to breastfeeding. No wonder the woman felt humiliated. This also shows sexism but also contradictory notions of a woman’s body, sexually provocative one minute disgusting the next especially the basic human functions such as breastfeeding. Harriet Harman said the new Equality Bill would make it an offence to stop a woman breastfeeding a baby up to 6 months whilst Ann Widdecombe has this to say:
I think in this instance the bus driver was within his rights to ask the mother to get off.
I do think the argument that women should be allowed to breastfeed wherever they like has gone a bit too far. It’s a question of decency and other people’s feelings. Our parents’ generation got by perfectly well without needing to breastfeed in public.
Decency? Oh, Ann Widdecombe knows all about decency…. Oh the hypocrisy! Oh yes back in the mists of time when she was prisons minister she defended the policy of pregnant women prisoners being shackled while they gave birth. Degrading, humiliating, brutal, and inhuman…. that’s what Tories like Widdecombe defended…
And there’s a FB group defending breastfeeding.