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Recently, my Politics of Breastfeeding professor began my class asking by asking this question:
Are breasts political? Or sexual?
Here is my answer:
Personally, my breasts are "all of the above" (literally, lol).
Actually, my breasts are really smart. Although shy, preferring to hang-out quietly nested near my heart, among themselves the talk about everything...they spark the most interesting conversations about the most controversial things! Sex, cancer, politics and nutrition. In fact, my breasts are scientists AND programmers! While they suckle my 3 year old after a long day at school, they can upload her daycare's germ-profile, and can filter, and download from my body the perfect ingredients for her own unique daily vaccine. No cow can do that!
But, back to the original question. Are breasts political or sexual? THEY'RE BOTH!!
When my breasts aren't busy as microbiologists, my breasts are totally sexual. When properly displayed in a black-laced push-up bra (very push up, lol), my breasts scream femininity. They speak for me, and thank God, because I'm super shy. But, when they get the chance to take a breather from the tight unnatural black lace, watch out! When handled by non-toddler hands, my breasts ignite wildfires.
And in terms of politics, my breasts are non-partisan. They vote on issues. And the issue that's hottest on their plate is my own family's breastfeeding reform. My breasts will NEVER forget that it was formula companies, hospital practices and cultural breastfeeding horror stories which underminded their potential to feed my now 16 year old son. In fact, this time, my breasts will produce until their suckling outgrows them like she outgrew my womb. May her memories as a nurse-ee reform my little family's health, and may she nurse her children whenever, wherever and for as long as they want to.