Should Lactivists feel guilty?
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|Fri, 01-25-2013 - 3:59pm|
The internet has article after article shaming Lactivists about how they make other people feel bad. Do you think they SHOULD feel guilty about their words and actions?
Snip-it from Lactivist Leanings:
Your words are hurting people and you need to acknowledge that and own your responsibility for the damage your words are causing. Your words are not a surgical airstrike that hits only the specific target you are aiming at. They are the verbal equivalent of buckshot and they hit much more than your intended target.
Here's a blip from the FFF:
However, I also think that certain facets of lactivism do veer into fascist territory (Nazism is a form of fascism, but other fascist regimes have thrived in Italy, Latin America, Indonesia, and Spain. In breastfeeding supremacy (thank you to the ever-brilliant Jessica Valenti for that far better and more PC term), the common enemy is the formula companies/breastfeeding-unfriendly physicians/formula feeders. The charismatic leaders are the “famous” and most intolerant breastfeeding advocates, people like Jack Newman, William Sears, Darcia Navarez, Gabrielle Palmer, and so forth. The military support comes from grassroots organizations and mommy blogs, who wield the power to call widespread boycotts of commercial products over WHO Code infractions. And the “higher ideals” are extreme, religious beliefs in the power of breastmilk and a conviction that breastfed babies will be stronger, healthier, smarter, and more beautiful human specimens.
from PhD i parenting:
The problem, however, is that instead of listing scientifically verifiable facts, she used loaded judgmental non-scientific terms like fake food and junk food and starvation diet to describe formula feeding and used vague (and to a great extent unproven) terms like ill health, depressed and lower intelligence to describe the impact of formula feeding on babies. Her remarks were, of course, also short on footnotes or other references.
Her aim, as she stated at the beginning of the post, was to “awaken more people to the dangers of infant formula.” In my experience, using loaded judgmental non-scientific terms isn’t a good way to awaken people. It is, however, a really good way to get people to shut down and block out anything you have to say. It is also a really good way to get them angry.