Like many others, I was outraged over the news that airline passenger Karen Gral was kicked off her Delta flight for breast-feeding from her seat. Apparently the flight attendant asked her to put a blanket over the kid because the sight of a kid suckling the woman's breast "offended" the flight attendant.
I was naturally thrilled to take part in a protest condemming the flight attendant's actions. Yesterday a breast-feeding sit-in took place at Reagan National Airport and 62 people gathered in support of Gral.
I wanted to be one of those people, but I'm not going to just sit around doing nothing. So I tried to borrow a baby so that I, too, could take part in the breast-feeding. Unfortunately, none of my friends are as progressive as they would lead others to believe. I asked five close friends to borrow their babies and all of them said "no". I tried to explain to them that I would obviously make sure I'd clean my breasts so that there wouldn't be any worry of germs or anything. And they were like, "Why do you have to have a baby?" I finally found a two-year-old to use but that was really awkward.
In any case, this was a real eye-opener to me. I can't count on my friends when I need them.