Skip to comments.Professor sparks debate after breast-feeding baby in class
Posted on 09/13/2012 8:51:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
One day late last month at American University, Adrienne Pine was in a jam. The assistant anthropology professor was scheduled to begin her course "Sex, Gender & Culture." But her baby daughter woke up with a fever, and the single mother worried that she had no good child-care options.
So Pine brought her sick baby to class.
The baby, in a blue onesie, crawled on the floor when she wasn't strapped onto Pine's back. The mother extracted a paper clip from the girl's mouth at one point and shooed her away from an electrical outlet. When the baby grew restless during the 75-minute afternoon session with 40 students, according to the professor's account, Pine breast-fed her while continuing to lecture and review the syllabus. A teaching assistant also held and rocked the child.
At the conclusion of her lecture, Pine figured that was the end of it. But word of the unusual opening-day class was spreading via Twitter and Facebook.
When a reporter for the student newspaper asked her about what happened, Pine grew incensed. She decided to get in the first word with an online essay titled "The Dialectics of Breastfeeding on Campus: Exposiing my Breasts on the Internet." In it, Pine wrote that she was "shocked and annoyed that this would be considered newsworthy."
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Yes, as there was a teaching assistant there (to rock and hold the baby) she should have let him cover the class.
Why didnt she just take a sick day and have the TA go over the syllabus? It’s the first day, usually little of note is talked about anyway.
Not that this class was anything but a joke to start with.
The assistant anthropology professor was scheduled to begin her course “Sex, Gender & Culture.”
I could have guessed. Another worthless class in a worthless curriculum paid for by tax payers. Get a real job.
Careful. If you criticize any breastfeeding woman you are fully enlisted in the War on Women.
Remember this is an educated woman.
She exposed her sick child to whatever illness’s student’s may have had and she exposed the students to whatever the child may have had.
That is the really dumb part
Her pulling out her teat and feeding the baby was just part of the show, although I doubt the students paid much attention to the lecture with this woman standing there with her teat out.
To me this woman doesn’t sound like she has enough common sense to be teaching.
Remember this is just the beginning of her class, it will get better, before class is over in the spring she may even give classes on breeding another one.
Those students paid good money to purchase the services provided by this kook.
I guess the students thought their student loan wasn’t real money so it didn’t matter, LOL.
IMHO, the professor set up a situation to prove a point. Notice: her baby girl was dressed in a blue onesie (blue is usually reserved for boys). Secondly, she deliberately and openly started to breast feed the child in front of the class. I just find her course description and the professors actions as a deliberate confrontational issue.
Looks like the baby went hungry.
When I was in school you couldn’t have a treat unless you brought enough for everyone. ;-)
I thougth she did good. It was suppose to be an introduction into the class, and this was a REAL intoduction into what you can REALLY expect from the class. Just sayin’.
The course title says it all.
Worthless, waste of money, taught by another meaningless degree holder.
(I do not begrudge her taking care of her child...but back in the days when we had a culture with structure, she would have quite properly cancelled the class. And cancelling that class would have actually raised the country’s IQ by a small, but measurable amount.)
Based on the title and subject of the course, I suspect the breastfeeding stunt was intentional—the “sick child” is a lame excuse.
It’s a wonder she didn’t show them a video of her giving birth.
The baby shouldn’t have been there, much less on the floor.
I strongly suspect the baby didn’t have a fever at all. The woman did this on purpose.
I breast fed four babies. I never needed to do it in public.
The woman could have turned her back to the class and covered herself with a blanket while the baby latched on then nursed.
Of course the aid could have handled the class.
“Her pulling out her teat and feeding the baby was just part of the show”
That is the thing I do not understand about these exhibitionists.
I know a woman, a very dignified professional who used to breast feed her daughter in my shop. She wore what looked like a loose, cowl neck shawl which was actually a poncho type of garment. When the infant got fretty, she would disappear the child under the poncho, take care of business and no one even noticed. I never would have except for the infant’s feet kicking around just under the shawl one time.
There is no need to make a big display about it. Those who do so do it because they wish to.
I don’t find it offensive that a working mother would want to fill two major responsibilities at one time. And feeding is a primary function of the breast...
It would be inappropriate in grade school or high school, but college age kids pretend that they are adults; let them deal with it like adults.
Pardon my skepticism, but it seems like she staged this whole thing to gin up a controversy, and hence, publicity, for herself.
#1 - She teaches a “Sex, Gender, and Culture” course, so the ensuing controversy just happens to coincidentally intersect with her field of “expertise”.
#2 - She teaches at a university, and yet has “no good child-care options”?!?! Give me a freakin’ break.
#3 - As soon as someone asks her a question about the unusual behavior, instead of explaining the situation, she feigns indignation and magically has an academic essay ready to go that addresses the seemingly unforeseeable controversy.
Diagnosis: Liberal attention whore.
These are the worthless classes that students are paying big borrowed bucks for because these throw-aways are the only ones they can pass.
Of course, reality will hit them in the face when they try to get a real job later.
I agree she did this on purpose. It is bully behavior. Pick pick pick until someone fights back and then claim victim.
I am assuming that she knew the baby was coming for about six months or so. She had plenty of time to figure out alternate care strategies. BTW - Where is the father?
For modesty purposes, the “it” thing to have is a hooter hider/nursing cover. I make these for my new mom friends all the time.
I bet there is a policy somewhere at American that states that students should not have their children in class. It should be the same for their professors.
I also noticed that she is a fourth year assistant professor. She is probably up for tenure this year or next year. Wonder if this will be taken into account.
Meh, she's a feminist whackjob making a statement. this might have been the highest level of professionalism that she was capable of.
Excuse me while I whip this out . . . .
The article refers to her as a single mom. The Lord only knows what that means in this case I assumed that her daycare provider will not take a child who is running a fever if they have more than one child to care for. That’s pretty standard. The working moms I know all have a backup daycare provider to step in when a child is ill. In this family, that’s gramma (me).
I don’t believe I have ever seen a “hooter hider”. Love the name. Shoot, we always used receiving blankets. Old fashioned unfolded cloth diapers worked too.
Worthless, waste of money, taught by another meaningless degree holder.
And that, right there, is why they make classes like this “core requirements.”
Heck, I was forced to take a “diversity training seminar” given by the “Staff Development Office.” Looking at the people “teaching” the seminar, I could only conclude that the course; indeed their whole department, were created as a way to “employ” useless eaters.
I know she is single. I suspect that was by design too. I guess I am becoming less tolerant of women who have the child just because they want it and don’t realize the importance of the second parent. If you are going to waive the single mom flag I think we should be allowed to ask that question. (I have yet to meet a widow who does as much as the never marrieds).
Hooter hiders are essentially a hemmed piece of cloth with and adjustable strap for the mother’s neck, like an apron. They don’t slip and most of them have a piece of boning in between the straps that allows mom to look down, but no one else sees anything. My friends swear by it.
She teaches Sex, Gender & Culture. My guess is she planned this and will write a paper on it and get tenure.