Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Right & Rights

So a mother here is claiming her fundamental rights were taken away from her when she wasnt allowed to breastfeed her baby in a swimming pool or rather on the steps into the pool.

Is it just me or is this just silly?

Yes you have the right to breast feed a child anywhere but is it right to do so? Come on now! It seems like utter lawlessness and laziness that she couldn't take the child away from the pool for a few minutes to feed it. Is a swimming pool, or its steps, really a hygienic place to feed one's child? All that bacteria in the pool, splashing kids, splashing water doesn't really sound like the greatest spot to me. In fact I would argue unless the chile name Aquaman then dont feed it in the pool.

But like every other thing these days everyone thinks they have rights and having rights mean regardless of if what you are doing makes sense , is right, or doesn't make sense, is invariably wrong, you can complain and argue your rights were somehow abused. Somehow the connection between rights and common sense just does not compute to many people.

This one will be interesting though cause according to the article:
"The Ontario Human Rights Commission says breastfeeding women can't be prohibited from feeding their babies in public, or ordered to move to areas considered more "discreet." But the Ministry of Health sets rules that ban food and drink around pools, says Karkouti, and if breastfeeding is allowed, bottles should also be allowed."

11 comments:

Stunner said...

I have accepted it, some people as just plain stupid! And this lady is just one of the stupid ones.

Radmila said...

The problem people have is confusing human rights with personal preference.

When we talk about human rights, often people neglect to discuss the rights of those around them.

When we talk about breastfeeding, it's a hot topic for a lot of people. Certainly, a woman may breastfeed wherever she likes. No reason she cannot cover herself with a blanket so that those who are uncomfortable with the sight due to cultural beliefs or religious convictions do not have to have their rights infringed upon.

ShellyP said...

That's ridiculous. How unnecessary. Did she really have to feed the kid right there right then??

Abeni said...

Looks like she may have somewhat of a case or at any rate it will make for some heated discussions in court:)

Will said...

i agree with radmilla... other people have rights too...

Crankyputz said...

Well put Rad,

Why people always feel to push the limits of common sense is beyond me.

Garry said...

This woman is obviously looking for her 15 minutes of fame and is going to grab it with both hands. The world is becoming a crazier place every day, why couldn’t she have just moved a few metres away from the side of the pool. Was the breast-feeding woman not causing an obstruction by choosing to feed her baby on the steps of a pool!

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Mighty Afroditee said...

Tee hee...methinks that the chlorine will pro'ly sterilise the boob...

LMAO!!!!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Pools and infections.

That poor baby.

Adults behave so weird and they wonder why children are behaving so odd today.

Rev Island said...

Not nice.

ardean - attheendofmylensphotography.com said...

What about safety? I don't know the facts of the story, but if i was a lifeguard and a lady decided to stop on the steps into the pool and start feeding her baby - I'd tell her to move too! duh!