Friday, 13 January 2012
Sesame Street can be a good learning portal for kids at times and other times it can be a flip of a coin. So this last time did they cross the line with a breastfeeding scene in an episode?
Sure it is still controversial topic no matter where you do it. There has been cases where women are not allowed doing it in a court room, Facebook has taken off many photos of it, and even stores and restaurants have thrown out women for doing so. There are cases where you see fewer boobs than you see on a cover of Sports Illustrated, so what is the big deal?
Back in the 70s and 80s Sesame Street talked about breastfeeding, nursing, like a normal and natural act that occurs during life and is just part of childhood. There was an episode from 1977, where a woman is breastfeeding her son and Big Bird watches. She simple explains to Big Bird that when first born all her son needed was milk that she produced herself from her breast and as he gets older and older new foods are introduced. Then there was even an episode where the well known character Maria breastfeed Gabi, and said how natural it was.
Since those times Sesame Street has veered away from those types of scenes, due to the mindset on breastfeeding in public. So many parents are now asking for the show to start doing these scenes again. Over 2,600 have signed a petition that is asking the television program to do just that. But there are still so many that are offended by it and feel that they should be showing a baby feed from a bottle and not the breast.
When people talk about things that are natural and normal but shouldn’t be shown on television, their only defense for breastfeeding being shown is that it is gross. To me what is so gross about it as long as the woman is polite about it and covers herself and baby up while doing it. Do I think you should do it right there at a restaurant table, well no but I wouldn’t be offended by it.
So the bigger question is: Do you think that Sesame Street should be talking about breastfeeding and educating children on nursing?
What you should think about, is the fact that many children were either breastfeed themselves or saw a baby being breastfeed, so in all reality they would see the incident as more familiar than no awkward feeling some may think they would get. I think the only awkwardness is for the parents as they may fear their child may start asking questions. What is wrong if your child does? Would it hurt to educate them when they are curious about something, but answering the question that they ask not going into more details than they ask for?
Do you or don’t you think that Sesame Street should touch base on this subject? Why?