Breastfeeding in Public: Disgust and Discomfort in the Bodiless Public Sphere

  title={Breastfeeding in Public: Disgust and Discomfort in the Bodiless Public Sphere},
  author={Amanda Barnes Cook},
  journal={Politics \& Gender},
  pages={677 - 699}
  • A. Cook
  • Published 10 June 2016
  • Sociology
  • Politics & Gender
While breastfeeding mothers generally possess an official legal right of access to public places, the lived experience of breastfeeding mothers in public is marked by inequality and lack of autonomy. The motivating question of this article is, from the perspective of a breastfeeding mother, what characterizes an ideal—that is, equal and autonomous—public sphere in a liberal society? I explore in particular the issue of people, including breastfeeding mothers, who evoke discomfort or disgust. I… 

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