It’s a predictable tale of controversy in modern public space: a woman or group of women are welcomed to or excluded from a place because they are breastfeeding. The event makes the midday news and ushers in debate about whether breastfeeding is a fact of life or something that should be cloaked away in private.
Last week, a Sydney cafe owner’s sign welcoming breastfeeding mums in for a free cuppa made its way to headlines and internet viral status. As usual when this issue arises in the news, the story was greeted with passionate responses praising the gesture and a few intentionally inflammatory comments about inappropriateness, decency and the “special” treatment of women.
Authors: The Conversation Contributor