Public breastfeeding is a pivotal part of the revolution of women

Why, when Kim Kardashian went viral with nude pictures, are people uncomfortable with breastfeeding?

This week, Claridges sparked controversy by telling Louise Burns, 35, to breastfeed under a cloth. On this topic, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told LBC women should ‘sit in a corner and breastfeed’ because ‘some people are uncomfortable with it’.

Playboy, porn, sexualised music videos, and Victoria’ Secrets – clearly many people have no problem when women’s bodies are portrayed in a sexualised manner.

But when women’s bodies are fulfilling a natural occurrence, some people are ‘uncomfortable’ with it.

This issue is no different to that of the wage gap and women in the workplace.

I have always argued establishments and institutions are built by men and for men, because historically the majority of women did not work.

Now, with more women in the workplace, the womb is having to fit into something built on patriarchal structures and foundations.

It is only when the body is welcomed into the workplace that patriarchal structures can be destabilised and fragmented.

And it is the same with breastfeeding. The breast is finding it’s place in a society structured by the patriarchy.

Breastfeeding itself is therefore a pivotal part of the revolution of feminism. Public feeding is not only ‘freeing the nipple’ but leaking what is natural to some women and overflowing past the boundaries to ultimately stop women’s bodies being regulated and governed.

So women should not sit in a corner, Farage, or cover up with a cloth, Claridges, because they are “normalising” something that should have been “normal” since the first baby was breastfed.

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