Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted this video entitled "Embarrassed" on YouTube on July 4, and it's slowly but surely going viral.
See the video here (http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/3552062)
McNish's edgy, rap-like stanzas describe what it feels like to be publically shamed into hiding out in toilet stalls to breastfeed her daughter.
"I thought it was OK. I could understand the reasons. They said: there might be a man or nervous child seeing this small piece of flesh that they weren't quite expecting. So I whispered and tiptoed with nervous discretion. But after 6 months of her life sat sitting on lids, Sipping on milk, nostrils sniffing on piss, Trying not to bang her head on toilet roll dispensers, I wonder if these public loo feeds offend her, 'Cause I'm getting tired of discretion and being polite. My baby's first sips are drown-drenched in shite..."
She goes on to expose the irony of billboards and magazines in the United Kingdom covered in women's breasts...with a little more colourful language.
Not surprisingly, the video, which had almost 9,000 views by Friday afternoon, is getting a flood of positive and tearful comments from supportive moms and dads around the world.
One YouTube user Caitlin Harper commented, "So, so true. I could never bring myself to try feeding my son in public. And I failed him. I couldn't keep my supply up when I couldn't bring myself to feed him when we were out."
Anothe another user ejoelleduval said, "I hate that breasts have become so sexualized that they have lost their original purpose in the public mind. It is acceptable to wear bikinis that cover less, but taboo to feed your child. Overall opinion is that you are less of a mother if you bottle feed, but they won't let you do it in public. Is this just another way to shame us back into roles that were relevant 50 years ago?"
So who says feminism is dying? Seems like some battles are still just getting started.