Frugal Foodie Mama: Summer Blog Challenge, Day 39- Biggest Pet Peeves

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge, Day 39- Biggest Pet Peeves


IGNORANCE.

This is by far my biggest pet peeve. You know, when people have such a strong opinion about one topic or another, but have taken absolutely no time at all to educate themselves on the said topic?  Ignorance is not the same thing as stupidity.  Some very intelligent people can also be very ignorant.  They often are aware that there is other information out there, but often choose to ignore that fact because they have already framed their opinion and have no desire to read information that may contradict that opinion.  

Most notably I have seen A LOT of ignorance concerning breastfeeding and nursing in public.  People who have very harsh opinions on and judgments of when, how, and where a mother should breastfeed her baby.  People who have perhaps never breastfed, never considered breastfeeding, can't breastfeed (men), and/or who have never read one single thing about the benefits of breastfeeding versus formula feeding.  All they see is BOOBS.  They turn a very natural and loving act between a mother and her child into something sexual and perverse.  I cannot even tell you the utter exasperation and frustration people who think and believe those things causes me.  

I am of the school of thinking that if I don't know what I am talking about, I either keep my opinions to myself or I choose to research and educate myself on the topic in question before opening my mouth (or my Blogger account or Twitter, etc.).  

3 comments :

  1. I agree with you on that one! People seem to think that because they disagree with something, everyone else should. Yet they aren't complaining when they do something that not everyone else agrees with, ya know? People are arrogant and stubborn. Some don't have open minds, but expect everyone else to see things from their side. How hypocritical. Thanks for touching base on this! :)

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  2. You were right, I love this post. I always get looks/comments when I nurse. Whether it be at home or in public and Ella is only 7 months old. Definitely going to follow your blog :) - Abbie

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  3. At my family reunion, my great cousin's wife (fiance? girlfriend?) was waiting to nurse until my cousin came back from the car with a cover-up that she forgot to bring into the restaurant, and the baby was screaming, kicking, and she couldn't calm her down. My grandfather, who doesn't usually say anything about situations like this, told her, "Please just feed her, there's nothing else you can do. We're all family here, and that's our baby you're denying food to." And a few cousins CHEERED! I was pretty proud of him, because he asked me to cover up at his house when I nursed and his pastor dropped by. Either way, I loooved that my family (80+ of us) encouraged breastfeeding, in a public place, without a cover.

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