He thanked me for “taking care of my daughter when she needed her mom.”
In 2012, filmmaker Lina Esco started the Free the Nipple movement to wage war on sexist double standards. The movement has spawned topless demonstrations and led to Facebook lifting its ban on breastfeeding in its photos. “Why can you show public beheadings from Saudi Arabia on Facebook, but not a nipple?” Esco wrote on the Huffington Post. “Why can you sell guns on Instagram, but yet they will suspend your account for posting the most natural part of a woman’s body?” If Esco’s movement is seeking more support, it should consider enlisting the help of a presidential candidate who recently came out as pro-nipple, Bernie Sanders.
On Monday, Elle Bradford of Barberton, Ohio, attended a Sanders rally in Cleveland with her 6-month-old daughter, Harper. While they were seated in the second row, Harper began indicating that she was hungry, so Bradford breast-fed her daughter in their seat. “There is no, ‘I’m feeding you in 10 minutes.’ It’s ‘I’m feeding you right here, right now, or you’re screaming,’” Bradford told WEWS-TV. After the rally, a photo of Bradford and Harper began circulating on social media.
Later, Bradford said she was personally thanked for breastfeeding her baby at the rally by Sanders and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders. “After the rally, Bernie and Jane O’Meara Sanders both thanked me for doing what mothers do and taking care of my daughter when she needed her mom,” Bradford wrote on Facebook, “even if that meant nursing in public!” Today, the Sanders campaign came out in support of Bradford’s actions.
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