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Mayim Bialik Stands Up For Breastfeeding in Public

The 'Big Bang Theory' actress explains that our culture sexualizes the male and female body too often

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: February 25th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Mayim Bialik Stands Up For Breastfeeding in Public

While some may find it strange, Mayim Bialik is definitely not ashamed of breast feeding in public, even if it is her three-year-old son Fred. Since the posting of a photo of the actress nourishing her son on a New York city Subway in 2011, she’s been getting a lot of criticism for her parental choices.

The Big Bang Theory star finally said enough is enough and on Friday addressed the whole issue during an interview with Huffpost’s Ricky Camilleri.

“What I like to point out is that was the best way for that subway ride to be pleasant for everyone,” the actress said.

She went on during the interview to discuss society’s view on breasts, and the practice of breast feeding that seems to cause an uproar in public places.

“I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating more than you need to cover a baby ringing a bottle.”

The fact that anyone is offended by public breast feeding, Mayim Bialik simply chalks it up to our culture’s “very, very bizarre relationship with breasts” and our need to “sexualize” both the female and male body.

“Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. It’s an intimate act and that makes some people uncomfortable - but that’s completely normal to have all of the human hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child. That’s simply normal,” Bialik defended during the interview.

 

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