Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: Campaigns,

    Now I’m voting for Obama because I always wanted a pony and this one does nothing but shoot rainbows out of his butt.

    Which, I think, trumps everything.

    Heh. I think you'll find this is where rainbows come from. So that must be an Obamacorn.

    It's the 'what does that mean' bit - what is respectful and what isn't? In some cases I get more of an impression that I'm the one that's meant to detach (which I do).

    It doesn't put me off my lunch to see a baby getting their lunch. I take a lot of interest in babies eating, which is part of the problem - I guess I'm not meant to take an interest in babies eating that way.

    To be honest, I can really only speak for myself. I never minded people looking at my while I was feeding. I DID mind people staring. In the same way, I don't mind people looking at my breasts when I'm NOT feeding, but I do mind them staring. (Breasts are ace, and can be very distracting. I understand this.) If I'm having a conversation with someone, I'd prefer they looked at my face, whether or not I'm breast-feeding.

    I've become more sensitised to the issue since both Facebook and Livejournal banned women from displaying photos of themselves breast-feeding, because it was "obscene". I think I'd be more likely to wonder if someone was being disapproving these days.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campaigns,

    Correct me if I'm wrong but there is no issue with breast feeding in NZ?

    If I was out in public and my baby needed feeding, I'd feed. Often this meant sitting down in mall food courts - vastly preferable to skulking off to hide in those disgusting "parents' rooms". I never received a negative comment, and I got a few positive ones.

    But. There was a woman in my ante-natal group who didn't breast-feed at all because her friends would make snide comments about women who fed in public. She'd been sensitised to the point where she was just too embarrassed to do it at all.

    if it's so normal, surely you should be able to just keep chatting away to the woman normally, but I find I get just as many uncomfortable stares doing just that

    I used to breast-feed in my role-playing group. People were perfectly happy to roll my d10s for me, and the guys coped admirably. I really struggle to believe you've had women be uncomfortable by being treated normally while feeding. If they detach from the group to do it, respect their privacy, if they don't, respect their 'still being a personness'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campaigns,

    Oh, and his recent 'stance' on women breastfeeding in restaurants? 'Breast-feeding a baby is an intimate act, and I don’t want to watch strangers performing intimate acts.... there’s no principle at work here other than being too lazy to either plan ahead or cover up. It’s not fighting for a right. It’s fighting for the spotlight.... there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called “Hooters."''

    That was exactly when I gave up on Bill Maher, I was inarticulately furious. The argument against this is too stupid and obvious to bother repeating.

    Poor guy, unable to not stare at breasts in public, even if there's a baby's head in the way.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: What I've done with Julie…,

    every GF I used to put away a few hundred to use later in the year (other people have wine cellars)

    Paul, my brain and I have to apologise for having read that as 'every girlfriend'...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Nine Months of Baby Hell,

    Wow, that takes gloating to a whole new level. I'm sending the link to all my American friends right away.

    As an antedote, you may wish to consider The Toronto Song. It even has banjos. Though possibly not enough for Bob.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Nine Months of Baby Hell,

    The War of 1812. This is a favourite for family car trips.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Very Short Stroll Through…,

    Thanks for the tip about 'Saturday Night Fry'.

    Having checked with the Chap, those apparently came from, and I'm quoting here, "some guy". So they may be hard to find. Or, you know, the next time you're in our house with some digital media and the governor general or a librarian...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Very Short Stroll Through…,

    Mighty Boosh... watched it this week and it took me places.

    Know what you mean, dude.

    To my embarrassment, I just never got into that. All my friends like it...

    And I did like Alas Smith and Jones as much as some of the other stuff, and more than Reeves and Mortimer, in that it wasn't always brilliant, or even good, but 'Hello, I'm Joanna Lumley' has stuck in my head for what must be over a decade now.

    And, yes, aren't Armstrong & Miller fantastic! Did you know that Ben Miller gave up a Ph.D. in quantum mechanics in order to move sideways into comedy. Can't really blame him.

    What nearly put me off was having seen Alexander Armstrong in so much, oh what's the word, shite.

    And while you're at the Beeb, their Friday Night comedy podcast is also brilliant.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Very Short Stroll Through…,

    Mel Smith and Gryff Rhys Jones?

    And that is the very sketch, seen by accident while channel-surfing, which got me on to Armstrong and Miller.

    You can download Saturday Night Fry from the Beeb - the radio show which is basically just Fry, Laurie and Thompson being increasingly surreal.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: You can't always get what you…,

    as long as the water is carried by a series of tubes. then your upload can get deliveried via a fat pipe.

    So, in conclusion, Craig's house is just a massive bong?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4563 posts Report Reply

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