Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Bow and Scrape, Fred. Bow and Scrape

Okay, so the interview with Dori Monson was about what I expected it to be. The guy's clueless about the challenges nursing mothers face and used my story as an opportunity to joke about "flapping breasts" and basically make an ass of himself, BUT to hear Fred Meyer Public Affairs Flack Melinda Merrill publicly reiterate that nursing mothers are welcome in Fred Meyer stores, whether they breatfeed "discreetly" or not, was worth the trouble.

7 comments:

rebecca marie said...

i just wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud of you i am!!!

good for you for taking your story so public. if more nursing moms would stand up for their rights, more moms would nurse!

good for you!!!!!!

Timberly said...
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Timberly said...

As the mother of a nursing 2 1/2 month old girl, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for not standing idly by while our constitutional right was being demolished. You've got the support of lactating mama's everywhere!

Timberly said...

Oh, and Chris, I've got lots of breastfeeding blinkies/icons and anti-feeding-in-the-bathroom blinkies, so feel free to go to www.fift33nminutes.blogspot.com to steal 'em.

~tim

Weniki said...

Just wanted to let you know I recieved a nice e-mail from Fred Meyer after I wrote them a letter in your support. They were apologetic and reiterated the statements they have made to you.

As my daughter would say, you rock!

Anonymous said...

I almost wish you had left the mean and ignorant comments up for entertainment value. Well, the ignorant ones, anyway. ;)

I think it is fantastic that you are taking this on, however reluctantly. It must be a huge stress to be organizing, doing interviews, and making yourself vulnerable to criticism from the public like this. I don't think I could do it. I'm glad there are women like you who do.

Best wishes.

Mike Grialou said...

It is about time I weighed in on this issue. For those of you who don't know, and that number appears to be growing as this blog continues to grow some incredibly long legs, I am her husband. What some of Chris' friends and allies may not know is that she used to refer to me as her "gun-toting Libertarian." I have no quarrel with that title whatsoever, but this is not about me.
I am extremely proud of Chris for taking a stand for her rights as a mother and for our son's right to receive the best nourishment that nature designed when he needs it. Anyone in Oregon who disagrees with that is, by legal definition, wrong. I commend Fred Meyer for reiterating that they support the Oregon law and choose not to engage in a semantic argument over whether or not their stores are within the public or private sphere. They are in business to make money and alienating a large customer base in order to satisfy the unreasonable requests of relatively few people who don't seem to have the decency and good sense to not stare at her when she nurses our son is the right thing to do.
I support Chris in all endeavors to educate people with respect to our family's rights and the obligations of Oregon residents. I will refrain from adopting the tactics typically used by the kinds of people who disagree with her position because two wrongs don't make a right, and most of them lack the necessary attention span (not to mention education) to read this much anyway, in other words, you are ignorant fools!
Anyone who does not respect their own rights has no reason to complain when they lose them. That doesn't mean you have the authority to take my family's rights awqay just because you failed to exercise your own. Chris is right, period.