Monday, July 03, 2006

Victoria's Secret Protest Over Breastfeeding Complaints

According to CBS News, "A woman offended when [Wisconsin] Victoria's Secret staff gave her only the option of an employee restroom in which to nurse her baby organized a nursing protest in front of the store." Women complained that Victoria's Secret "'plasters breasts everywhere' but seems offended when they're used for their intended purpose," and the "store's models and mannequins show more breast than the average nursing mom does." According to the story, a spokeperson for VS's parent company stated that they have a long-standing policy allowing women to breastfeed in the stores, and the company will take the opportunity to educate and remind store employees and managers of the policy. It seems, however, that this is not the first time store associates have acted contrary to the policy. Good for VS if they get the message through to their employees this time.

Assorted Coverage:
Thanks to Too Fat for Ponies for the heads up on this story. Go find out why he says, "If all this doesn't work for you then maybe you should just admit that your[sic] a shmuck and need to get sterilized so you don't cause more problems by breeding. Enlightenment is not your thing."

Legally Brunette says, "I hate that *these* women claim the label of feminist - it makes the rest of us look whiney," and thinks women who want to breastfeed in public are acting out of a sense of entitlement, being a "pain in the ass," and that women should only be able to breastfeed in public in other places where eating occurs. Ouch. Commenters are trying to set her straight.

TomFoolery takes the blame the messenger approach, saying, "a bunch of less-than-attractive mothers held a gross protest yesterday at the Crocker Park outdoor shopping extravaganza in Westlake, Ohio, to promote their right to breast feed in public. The fugly moms with babies and boobs hangin' out stationed themselves outside Victoria's Secret -- which is dangerously close to the fab store I currently work at. If I walked by that mess, I totally would've puked all over them."

Mother Talkers reminds you of your rights wrt breastfeeding.

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Blogger Too Fat 4 Ponies said...

It just amazes me that people have such a problem with breastfeeding. Does anyone ever think about how humankind DEvolved? Women have always breastfed. It has only been in the last century that it has become such an issue.

Its called making a buck! Sell a bunch of formula and accelerate sales by shaming women for breastfeeding.


8:53 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wet nurses were used for who knows how long before formula came on the scene. However, that's neither here nor there.

Aside from that, it was one of the mothers' group I belong to that held the nurse-in in front of Victoria's Secret. They succesfully campaigned to have legislation passed to protect a woman from harassment while BFing in public. It's been interesting.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That's great - would love to hear more about the process and barriers to getting the legislation passed.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I e-mailed you the updates I found in the group's archives. I think they give a pretty good picture of how it went.

11:58 AM  

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