Apparently, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has a problem with seeing a woman’s breasts perform their sole function: nursing. Kahne took to Twitter to complain about a woman breastfeeding her baby in public, but quickly apologized for his rant. The screenshot below is his tweets about what he saw that supposedly horrified him.
The screen caption above also shows Kahne replying to someone who appeared to have taken offense to his tweets. In an about-face, Kahne did apologize for his tweets. From the AP story linked above:
After apparently deleting the offending posts from his Twitter feed, Kahne posted an apology on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying it wasn’t his intention “to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast-feeding children. I want to make that clear.” Kahne said he understands his comments were “offensive to some people” and apologized.
“In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store,” Kahne said. “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.
“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.”
Kahne said he respects the mother’s right to feed her child “whenever and wherever she pleases.”
Kahne also posted a personal reply to the user he’d insulted.
“I wanted to apologize for saying what I said to you yesterday,” Kahne wrote. “It was out of line.”
I always chuckle when men express repulsion at the thought or sight of a woman breastfeeding. It amazes me how society continues to mock, shun, ridicule the body functions of women or equate them to some complex operation not fit for the public to ever see or discuss. Before the days of infant formula and bottles, breastfeeding was the sole way women passed on nutrition to their infants. A woman’s breasts serve no other function but to feed children, yet it’s nonetheless amusing how they’ve been sexualized to the point where their original purpose is viewed as unnatural and offensive to society’s sensibilities.
If a woman wants or needs to whip out her breast to feed her starving, screaming infant in the middle of the cereal aisle at the grocery store, no man or woman has the right to tell her not to do so. What’s ironic about Kahne’s repulsion is he and other shoppers wouldn’t hesitate to scold that same mother if she allowed her hungry infant to scream and inconvenience them.