This article has nothing to do with sports, unless you think breastfeeding is a sport. It has more to do with my opinion, and how that opinion was worded incorrectly in 160 characters. By doing so, my one tweet, ignited a debate which ended up causing me to be called all sorts of names. If you've never engaged in a 'Twitter War' you won't know what I'm talking about, but if you have, you know exactly how one tweet, can ..... well, you know. I was called all sorts of names last night.
What happened to start the so called 'war' was I tweeted something about an article I had read that had to do with a controversy that occurred at Victoria's Secret. Something to do with breastfeeding, and the store's refusal to allow a mom to do whatever it was she wanted to do. I won't get into the facts pertaining to the particular matter, because I don't want to say the wrong thing, and I don't know all the facts. All I know, is that you should believe half of what you read, and that many times 'The Media' can slant things, and make someone out to be a villain depending upon the reporter's stance on the matter.
In looking back over my TL, I do think I misstated how I feel about the matter which probably explains the rush of opinionated backlash I got. So here goes. My attempt to clarify what I meant to say. Of course, there is a chance that you might not agree with me, as well as the chance that those who originally read my tweets, might be unforgiving and not allow me to clarify. This is life.
What I meant to say is that I would prefer, if it were me, to breast feed in private. I would not wish to breast feed my child in front of others. Partly because I would not feel comfortable, and I would also not want to assume that everyone else is comfortable with my doing this. That being said, I could care less if another woman, who is comfortable breast feeding her child, does so, wherever she wants to. It does not bother me. As far as Victoria's Secrets policy on the matter, I would expect a store that caters to women, to have a place that allows for breast feeding in private, and I would expect that if a woman was breastfeeding, that they would honor the woman's rights, whatever they are. That being said, I also think that the store, has a responsibility to abide by the laws of the jurisdiction, so whatever those laws are, I would think they would be aware of them, and honor them.
My opinion on breastfeeding, seemed to take on a life of it's own, when I said I didn't think women should breastfeed in public. I don't really think I said that in the way I meant it. I think I meant that if they are in a public place, and they could breast feed privately, well I don't know I think it's just something that is respecting others, who might not be comfortable. That, being said, I truly don't care. It's not like I think by feeding your child, in a natural way, anywhere should be looked down upon. I just wouldn't do it. That's just me. I respect everyone else's opinion on the matter, and I'm going to apologize for saying something that appeared to be discriminatory or derogatory to other women. I am not taking back what I said, just trying to clarify that my intent was more meant for me, and more meant to say that if the circumstances allow it, I would prefer [ and this is me ] to respect others and not focus solely on my or my child's needs, unless they were of an urgent nature. I would prefer to respect the store I'm in, and the other customers and it's employees, and their level of comfort.
Feel free to call me names if you'd like. I don't expect anyone to agree with me. Quite frankly, I could care less. I did, however, want to clarify my comments. Now back to sports.