Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Armed to the Teats

Although I myself have no first hand knowledge to speak of, I hear tell that some women use their breasts as weapons. And just as with guns, sometimes when you wave those things around, people get hurt.

Woman charged in breast milk assault on jailer

Published: Mar 7, 2010

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A woman in jail for public intoxication was accused of assaulting a jailer by squirting breast milk at her. WYMT-TV reported that a 31-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication. But as she was changing into an inmate uniform, she squirted breast milk into the face of a female deputy who was with her.

The woman now faces a felony charge of third degree assault on a police officer. Her bond was set at $10,000.

This story, as you probably know, has gone viral. Millions of people are getting a good chuckle out of this dingbat. But I must be getting old and crotchety, because I don't get the joke. I breastfed my son until he was well into his twenties.* You'll never meet a more staunch believer in the power of breast milk. But I won't be getting in line to high five her creative civil disobedience. I'm too busy creating possible scenarios that would make it okay to be simultaneously nursing and so drunk that you end up in the back of a patrol car. I'm too busy hoping somebody was, and is, taking good care of her child in her absence. I'm too busy hoping that she's able to make bail soon, so she can get back home to the child she left behind.

This story doesn't make me laugh. It makes me sad.

* Slight use of hyperbole. Do not contact your local Child Abuse Hotline.


Irv said...

Susan, your son was *born* twenty years old--he told me so three days after he was born, with his eyes.

One of my young friends--twenty-something young--just found out she was pregnant a couple of weeks ago, and she instantly stopped drinking and smoking. Good for her! And then last week she told me that if her baby is a boy, she's going to name him after our late friend, Bennett. Now, that's a good young mama.

Anonymous said...

me too -sad -we Mommas know all the implications here-hope shes willing to accept the help she needs