In lamest reasons not to breastfeed, I wrote that saying 'nobody breastfeeds' or nobody nurses anymore is a racist remark. I got a comment trying to set this straight, as if I as just blabbering off the top of my head.
Now, I might be writing in a non-native language, but that doesn't make me to dense to understand the meaning of the word racist.
Racism: noun, Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
When I wrote that the remark is racist. I meant racist indeed.
Saying that 'nobody even breastfeeds any more' is ignoring millions of African, Latin American and Asian women. So yes, that is very very racist. It is implying that their breastfeeding doesn't count and needen't even be included in the picture. It is implying that all that matters is your own (probably predominantly white/straight/married/middle class) environment is All That Matters. It is implying that they in fact are nobody to you. And yes that is racist.
The fact that I even need to explain why such a comment is racist merely proves my point. That most of us tend to forget that are places in the world that are - luckily - still bereft of our superior (oh the irony) hegemonic worldview. It is sad that we need to be reminded that there are cultures different than our own, where breastfeeding, cosleeping, gentle parentin etc still are the norm. It proves again how brainwashed we are.
What's even worse is that we claim that these countries are 'Third World' or 'developing nations'. Africa is - from an evolutionary perspective - more of a First World, and I can promise you that - when it comes to parenting - they are way more developped than The Wonderful Western World, and that our influence is actually undevelloping them where children are concerned.
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