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Women shouldn’t breastfeed in parliament

18 May 2017

5:14 PM

18 May 2017

5:14 PM

We need to go back to the drawing board and clarify what “equality” stands for. It does not mean female supremacy; neither does it mean special treatment.

In what weird world is women breastfeeding in parliament being applauded as progress.



Australian Senator Larissa Waters became the first politician to breastfeed in parliament when she fed two-month-old daughter Alia Joy last week. “It’s frankly ridiculous, really, that feeding one’s baby is international news,” she commented. Securing her giddy moment in the fem-spotlight she Tweeted, “So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament. We need more #women & parents in Parliament…”

Excellent. If that’s what you’d like your political highlight in the history book to be, congrats.

Frankly, the only thing that’s ridiculous is that you’re breastfeeding in parliament – and women who have forgotten how to think for themselves are blindly clapping along.

Life is not a competition. Why do women believe that equality is achieved by making statements?

“I hoped to not only be able to feed my baby but to send a message to young women that they belong in parliament,” she said.

Can someone please remind her that women of all ages can be in parliament without the need to breastfeed?

Women can already breastfeed in the Australian Senate; the only development was that no MPs had actually done so before Waters, who’s from the left-wing Greens. Perhaps that explains everything.

Is the gender war in this country really so immature that it has to resort to continual point scoring? That’s equality?

Labor Senator Katy Gallagher told Sky News, “Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”

In 2001 Speaker of the UK House of Commons Betty Boothroyd said, “You wouldn’t start feeding your child if you worked on a supermarket check-out.”

The same can be applied in boardrooms and in parliament.

Such gender point scoring is laborious, inappropriate and certainly makes modern feminism look embarrassing.

Pick your battles.

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