Adrienne Pine, American University Professor, Starts Controversy After Breast-feeding During Her Lecture
It appears she has since rescinded her blog post, but snippets of it have survived on the internet. It's probably survived in its entirety somewhere.American University students' reactions are largely split, not surprisingly, between those who thought she was inappropriate and others who consider breast-feeding totally natural. American University officials, quick to note its breast-feeding policies are in accordance with D.C. and federal law, focused on the sick condition of her child and expressed some level of disapproval that Pine decided to bring her into the classroom, saying that personal days and other options are available in these instances. The university did not comment on breast-feeding in the classroom but said Pine's blog post was unprofessional.
If I considered feeding my child to be a “delicate” or sensitive act, I would not have done it in front of my students. Nor would I have spent the previous year doing it on buses, trains and airplanes; on busy sidewalks and nice restaurants; in television studios and while giving plenary lectures to large conferences. I admit those lectures haven’t always gone so well (baby can get fidgety), but as a single parent without help or excess income, my choice has been between sacrificing my professional life and slogging through it.“So here’s the story, internet: I fed my sick baby during feminist anthropology class without disrupting the lecture so as to not have to cancel the first day of class. I doubt anyone saw my nipple, because I’m pretty good at covering it. But if they did, they now know that I too, a university professor, like them, have nipples. Or at least that I have one.”
- One of the popular arguments in favor of Professor Pine is that she was teaching a Sex, Gender, and Culture fem. anthro. class. and complaining about child-rearing in front of the class is ironic.
- One of the popular argments against Professor Pine is that a (sick) child should not be brought to work and that she should've taken time off.
What do you guys think? Was it inappropriate? Was it a big deal? I'll reserve my thoughts till later.