Kasey Kahne Tweets About Breastfeeding

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Do you hear that screeching sound? That is NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne as he backpedals… After encountering a woman breastfeeding her baby in a grocery store, Kahne Tweeted using the hash tag “#nasty.” Unfortunately for Kahne, his followers lashed out at him and he engaged in an argument with one Tweeter calling her a “bitch!”

Kahne went on to post an apology saying “In all honesty, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter. It obviously wasn’t the correct approach, and, after reading your feedback, I now have a better understanding of why my posts upset some of you.” In the end, he only apologized about offending his followers and even ended his statement by saying, “My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion.”

Now I get that the fact that since he has a male appendage and has never had a screaming infant wanting to be fed; that he wouldn’t understand the need to breastfeed regardless of where the mother happened to be at the time. Guess what? Life doesn’t stop when you have a baby. You still have to grocery shop and run daily errands. If you need to feed your baby during those errands, then who cares? Now Kahne did not say whether the mother was feeding the baby with a blanket over her breast or not. Even so, if the baby was eating, the mother's breast wouldn’t be showing any more than if she was wearing a low cut shirt. There is NOTHING about feeding a baby that is offensive, and the fact that he thought it was offensive enough to post on Twitter shows his ignorance.

So what do you think about his comments? Should women not feed their babies in the grocery store? 

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Kasey Kahne Tweets About Breastfeeding

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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9 comments

  1. ErinF says:

    I’m glad he seems to have changed his stance, but it just doesn’t ring genuine. The wording is classic faux-pology; he doesn’t actually understand why his behavior was inappropriate. Aversion to breastfeeding in public is a symptom of misogyny–women’s bodies are seen as objects of sexual pleasure for men, and to see our breasts used for a non-sexual purpose is offensive to that belief. Never mind that less skin is seen while breastfeeding than while wearing many styles of top without a baby’s head covering the breast. An infant needs to eat when it needs to eat, and if it doesn’t, it will rocket through the stages of hunger until it is screaming inconsolably. I’d much rather that a woman ignore the misogynistic attitudes and quietly feed her child than let it scream in the store.

  2. ErinF says:

    I really hope that first comment was facetious. I’m glad that Roger at least can tell the difference between a sexual act and the act of feeding a hungry child!

  3. ErinF says:

    I find it interesting that it’s mostly men who object to breastfeeding in public. Breastfeeding and urination are in no way comparable. Would you want to eat your lunch in a public restroom? I wouldn’t, and wouldn’t feed my child in one, either. Women have to continue with our lives while caring for children; it’s not reasonable to demand that we sequester ourselves so that nobody might see us using our bodies to nourish our children rather than to provide pleasure for men. If my child is hungry while I’m grocery shopping, I’m not waiting until it’s wailing to feed it just because someone sees the female body as shameful.

  4. ErinF says:

    Breastfeeding women aren’t "forcing" it on anyone. The reason that some find it offensive is the ingrained misogyny that tells us that the female body is dirty, shameful, and that breasts are primarily for her partner’s pleasure. Breastfeeding doesn’t require going topless–most of the time it’s not at all obvious, and if it is you’re looking way too closely.

  5. Roger says:

    As an 18 year old in the late 50’s breast feeding was not an un common sight. I remember in the small church I attended the ladies had to breast feed during the services. After having 3 kids and 5 grand kids breast feeding is quite normal. Restaurants, stores, churches and home the kids need to be fed. They don’t know the difference. No big deal.

  6. Paul says:

    Breastfeeding is a natural, healthy part of life. Then again, so is urinating. While it would be mighty convenient for a man to just relieve himself in the automotive isle while shopping for a new car battery (especially if he has a screaming infant in tow), I am ever so grateful that most stores have provided a nice, private place for that kind of thing. If only women had a similar place of privacy. You know, like maybe right next door to the men’s room. Of course, it still wouldn’t be as convenient as the automotive isle, but those are the sort of sacrifices we make out of consideration for others.

  7. MarkSteele says:

    I think it’s very inconsiderate of women to breastfeed before a public theat she knows will be taken aback at the sight. You women know that people find this offensive, yet think you have the right to force it on people. If a man went walking through a grocery store shirtless it would be offensive. There are just some things you don’t do out of consideration for others.

  8. MikeYoung says:

    I believe the mother should be able to Breastfeed her baby where ever she is and whenever her baby is hunbgry and needs fed, a mothers duties to feed her newborn baby doesn’t stop just because she is in a public place, if people don’t want to see the mother breastfeed her baby or are offended by the deed then it is they who should turn their eyes away from the scene and not watch. After all, the baby needs fed, but they do not need to watch the event and make a specticle of themselves. If they become offended by the mother doing the most natural thing in the world by breast feeding her child then it is they who need to turn away and look at a different area of the store, or simply leave.

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