Equality 2008 Bill

“What a missed opportunity. In the past year, a powerful pressure group has called for legislation that would establish a man’s right to leave the toilet seat up whenever they like. Men who leave the toilet seat up are regularly asked to put it down by women who claim to find the sight of a raised seat “gross”, or even “inconsiderate to other users”. But according to Matthew Parris of the Times, principal spokesman for the raised-seat lobby, “Hygiene and common sense dictate that ‘up’ should be the default option … Public toilets should have sprung seats returning automatically to up.”

And yet, unaccountably, the new consultation paper, A Framework for Fairness, failed to address this glaring bias in toilet attitudes. Instead, the paper focused on unfairness at golf clubs, and on breast-feeding in public, which is to be established as every nursing mother’s right, provided it is done “discreetly”,…”

I couldn’t resist quoting this written by Catherine Bennett in the Guardian – the whole article is excellent, well worth a read. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2102646,00.html

I was actually looking for that latest news on the so called Equality Bill after I read in another blog:

“I’ve been left gobsmacked by this week’s news that the government is introducing legislation against loving your child: the Equalities Bill will mean that it will be an offence to stop a woman breastfeeding her child in public. Here’s the catch, though. This is ONLY valid until the child is six months of age.

At any time beyond that, a woman breastfeeding in public can be charged with INDECENCY. Yes, you read that right. In a culture of page three girls and pornographic magazines visible in shops where children can see women’s breasts being exploited for sexual gratification and lust, women who meet their child’s biological needs in public will be considered criminals.

The government apparently reckons it wants women to feel confident about breastfeeding. What rubbish! If it wants women to feel confident then the very last thing it should be introducing is a law about when you should cut off your love!”

I totally agree with Veronica, although this is not quite how I would put it.

If you pass a law protecting the right to breast feed in public to age 6 months, then by implication it is NOT OK after 6 months. Which is totally ridiculous.

Babies do not stop needing food after 26 weeks! Babies should get most of their nutrition from Breast Milk until way past this time and should be breast fed until they are at least 2 years old – these are the facts – based on science and widely agreed by the medical profession.

Breast is best! You know the phrase – by implication, formula is second best i.e. inferior.

Personally, I had no problem breast feeding Master Tara Plumbing Junior in public, a few years back. Now we are expecting twins and I shall be breast feeding them when ever and where ever the need arises. As for discretion! Well, if you see me out and about on my own with 2 babies and only 2 arms and 2 hands and you’d like to help me maintain dignity and discretion, then please do come over and offer to help.

If you have never breast fed you might not be aware of the powerful suck of a baby – stronger than a hoover with a new bag, or a Dyson after the filter has been cleaned. Try getting one of those off your nipple when they have fallen asleep and you have no free hands!

The Times have reported on it all as well:

“…concern that more needs to be done to increase breast-feeding rates.

The latest data show that less than 1 per cent of new mothers follow international advice to breast-feed exclusively for six months. While 76 per cent of mothers start out breast- feeding, most resort to formula within the first six weeks.”


This article and the readers comments goes on to discuss whether feeding babies should take place in public toilets!


So, toilets seat up or down? I’ve blogged on this before… https://mrstaraplumbing.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/toilet-seat-lid-etiquette/

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