It’s Time for Men to Cover Up Their Nipples

baby breastfeedingbaby breastfeedingIs there anything sweeter or more precious than seeing a mother breastfeeding her baby?  It’s what the boobage is for.  Centuries of sexualizing breasts ended up this week in a young mother at a public pool to move to a changing room or more secluded area to breastfeed her baby.

The woman has three children and her two little boys were playing in the water and mum was waterside watching them when the baby decided it was time for the milk bar to open.  Now any of you who’ve heard a hungry baby cry know that there isn’t a mother around who’ll do nothing when this happens.

So as discreetly as possible she began to feed her baby while keeping her eye on her sons who are five and six years old. One of the pool staff told her that other patrons were offended by her breastfeeding and she’d have to move. Liana Webster told the pool employee that breastfeeding anywhere in Australia was completely legal but argument ensued and the employee told the woman that it was perfectly legal for pool staff to ask her to leave.

Liana began to cry, the baby began to cry and the little boys couldn’t understand why their mother was crying. They were at a pool where people wear next to nothing at all and folks objected to a baby getting a bit of milk from her mum?

Back to this sexualizing of breasts. What is it about our society that causes some people to assume our bodies are something to be ashamed of?  Just this week in response to what happened to Liana Webster, TV presenter David Koch said that breastfeeding is something that should be done away from a public area. Like maybe the ladies’ room?  Sure, everyone wants to go to the toilet to eat.

To be fair, it’s not just men who object to seeing a bit of boob – and I say a bit because the baby’s head covers most of it. I’ve seen much more on a local beach. It’s the fact that the baby is sucking on a breast that sexualizes it and both men and women can be offended.  So I think it’s time we covered men up. Men like to have their boobs sucked and many women find men’s nipples sexually attractive so I think they should have to cover their nipples.

Breastfeeding isn’t easy.  All the comments that breastfeeding women “flop their breasts out for everyone to gawk at,” is just not the case. Yes, the baby has to find the nipple and the mother has to drop everything no matter where she is and feed the hungry baby. When I had my first child very few women breastfed their babies.

“It’s so hard”

“You have to do it in the restroom”

“If you’re in public you have to cover the baby’s head with a blanket or towel, regardless of the temperature”

Then there was a huge surge in the promotion of breastfeeding as it was better for the baby and would end up with healthier, more intelligent babies which would result in less money being spent on health care. But… they still wanted us to cover up and not be seen. It reminded me of the olden days when women were deemed unclean during their time of the month and had to remove themselves from society.

Times need to change and people like Koch need to catch up. Feeding a baby is natural, normal and wonderful and anyone who has trouble with it needs to look in the mirror for a solution.  Men, cover your nipples.  After you do that, read these words from former US President Jimmy Carter. I respected him as President but after this I love him.  Losing My Religion for Equality

In Canberra for #HumanBrochure 2012

It’s been a long day. We didn’t get to bed until nearly 1 and had to be up at 5 to finish packing and drive to Brisbane for our flight to Canberra. We had a few hours to wander on our own and we found a lovely cafe in Manuka near our hotel and had a lovely lunch.


The festivities began at 6pm when we all loaded on 5 buses and headed to the War Memorial for a welcome from Ian Hill, the mastermind behind this world-first project as well as a welcome from the staff at the War memorial.

Australian War Memorial

We headed in to the museum and if you haven’t been to Canberra or if you’ve been to Canberra and missed this place, go back. It’s a world class museum that honors the sacrifices of those who’ve gone before to ensure our freedom to live as we choose. After a glass of wine, first on offer for canapes were fresh prawn rolls and they were really fresh and filled with prawns and herbs.

There were several presentations, a lot of “oh that’s YOUR blog, I love it!” and more and more and more food. The chicken satay sticks were perfectly cooked. You know how you can get them and the chicken is tough and hard to eat? No matter how good the sauce is, if the chicken is tough, it’s crap. This was really well done. I didn’t have any but the lamb chops were wonderful. Everyone was raving but by the time they came out, I was full. I did have a memory of them because someone dribbled sauce down the back of John’s jacket.

I had a lovely conversation with Annabel Candy who was visiting from the Sunshine Coast with her children. @rhubarbwhine, Shirley from was on the bus from the airport with us and it was so great to put a name to a face. She’s even more lovely in person if you can believe it.

I even met a fellow food blogger from Sydney who had the most amazing shoes! Have a gander at the personality you’d need to wear these. 🙂

I'm So Hungree

Human Brochure Canberra

John and I are leaving first thing in the morning for Canberra to take part in the 500 strong Human Brochure Campaign.  A while back the ACT Tourism office decided that inviting 500 people active in social media and blogging to visit Canberra for a weekend would do more than a huge advertising campaign.  They asked for people to register their interest in participating and when I saw the contest, I signed up.  I knew there would be heaps of people putting their hand up but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

A few weeks later I got an email that said, “You were selected,” and I ignored it.  My blog doesn’t make any money.  The software end of it earns a bit but not enough to fly to Canberra for a weekend to write about why people should want to go there.  It said I needed to confirm in 2 days.  I didn’t think another thing about it.

Then I got a phone call from the Human Brochure people saying I hadn’t acknowledged and I explained my situation and said another time might work for me.  Then she said:

“Maureen, it’s an all expense paid trip to Canberra for you and your husband and we’ll take you everywhere.”

It took me about 30 seconds to say, “We’re in!” There were 30,000 applications for the 500 spots so I was pretty chuffed we’re getting to go.

Then I yelled to John that we were going to Canberra and he gave me the, “I don’t think I can take off work to go,” business and then I said, “okay I won’t go either.”  So we’re going.

Obviously our segment is food and wine and we’ll be having some wonderful food, visiting the War Memorial, National Gallery of Art, Botanic Gardens as well as restaurants and wineries.  I’m really looking forward to meeting other food lovers I’ve only seen online.  I only learned tonight that fellow food blogger Bizzy Lizzy is going – I saw her photo next to mine.  It will be wonderful to sit and have a chat with someone I’ve only typed to before.  I had a look at all the photos and I’m definitely going to be the grandmother of the group.  I packed a sewing kit.

If you’re on social media this weekend, check out the hashtag #humanbrochure and see what we all have to say about our visit to Canberra and why you should want to visit too.  I’ve been to Canberra several times — including the War Memorial, National Gallery of Art and the Botanic Gardens but they’re all worth seeing again – especially when free food and wine is involved.


Beau-ti-ful Brake Foot

AAMI insurance has certainly hit a winner with their Rhonda and Ketut series.  We can’t get enough of them!  It started all right with Rhonda getting a good driver award but that was just setting us up for her trip to Bali.  Every time I meet a woman named Rhonda I check out her right foot just to see if it looks like she has a beautiful brake foot.

The line that really gets me though, is “Rhonda is mine.”

In the next commercial, Rhonda meets Ketut, the bar attendant at her hotel in Bali.  If you’re not a Rhonda and Ketut fan, watch this video and you will be.  In the newest ad, things are hotting up for them!  Will they or won’t they do the naughty?  We’ll have to watch to find out.  Rhonda’s looking very hot today so just maybe…

 There’s even a Facebook page called The sexual tension between Katut and Rhonda.  It’s got over 109,000 likes!  Regardless how you spell Ketut or Katut, the advertising series is a winner.

If you’re visiting Bali you’ll be able to find souvenir t-shirts that say, “Rhonda is mine”, “I have a beautiful brake foot” and “I love Rhonda.”  People are buying them and then posting photos wearing the shirts to the Facebook page.

Rhonda is played by Aussie actress Mandy McElhinney, who has appeared in “Howzat!” where she plays the late Kerry Packer’s secretary as well as  in TV series MDA, Kath & Kim and the Robert Connolly-directed film The Bank.  Ketut is Kadek Mahardika, who is a part-time forklift driver in Melbourne and only auditioned at the urging of a friend. We’re glad he did.

The ad, produced by BADJAR Ogilvy, is one of the most successful ad campaigns in recent memory.  Rhonda is a normal looking woman that everyone can relate to and everyone seems to like her.  Well done.  We’ve never had a soap opera commercial that I have enjoyed this much.

New Portrait of Australia’s Queen

Yes, I know, it looks just like the Queen of Canada and the Queen of England etc., but she IS the Queen of Australia and a new portrait was unveiled on Friday by Governor-General Quentin Bryce in Canberra.  You’ve seen a lot of photographs of the Queen but there would be very few like this one.

This is her jubilee year and remarkably there has only been one official portrait this year and the privilege went to Australian born artist Ralph Heimans.  Heimans’ portrait will hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra until April next year.

The portrait is set in Westminster Abbey where the Queen is dressed in full regalia, including her robes and jewels.  What’s striking is the pose.  The queen is looking down and it seems she’s contemplating something quite profound.  I suspect it’s, “how can I die and leave the monarchy to Charles who wanted to be a tampon?”  Perhaps not.

closeup of the Queen in Ralph Heimans portrait 2012

I really like the portrait and Heimans has done an outstanding piece of work.  He shows the Queen as we’re used to seeing her – rarely smiling.  Still, she looks pretty snappy for 86, don’t you think?