This month, I’d like to explore a few stories that made me want to say, “None of your beeswax!”
Today in Boston, a federal appeals court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. While I am extremely proud to live in Boston today, I’m confused about how Congress could have thought that it was constitutional, or anything other than bigotry, when the bill landed on the House floor. And, honestly, I’m confused about why our legislature is wasting their time worrying about what other adults are doing in their own homes. We have a few other pressing issues: the economy, our public education system, all of our troops abroad – to name a few. This is a step in the right direction, but you can bet it won’t end here. I see a Supreme Court case brewing…
A few miles south, in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also focusing on something that’s none of his business – how big of a soda a New Yorker is allowed to buy. Mayor Bloomberg aims to ban the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces – one can, however, buy as many tiny sodas as one pleases. The intentions here are great: Bloomberg wants to combat obesity, which is both admirable and an unfortunate necessity. However, the execution here is a bit silly. Instead of banning soft drinks above 16 oz, which impedes adults making their own dietary choices, soft drink companies’ business, and really is not going to make a dent in the obesity epidemic, how about adding a nutrition class to middle and high-school curriculum, or tax or insurance rebates for people who join a gym or weight-loss program? This regulation would be more of an annoyance than an incentive to slim down.
While the above two stories explore the government sticking its nose in citizens’ business, this one explores breasts in public. There has been a bit of an uproar about some photos circulated of women who are breastfeeding their child while they are wearing their military uniforms. The photos were released by a support group, Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base. The act of breastfeeding in public has been compared to going numbers one and two and to having sex in public. Obviously, numbers one and two are in a category, sex in another, and breastfeeding is like none of them. The army has a different set of rules going on, which I cannot claim to know much about. Still, what an impediment it is to women to have to run and hide or to change their clothes when their baby needs to be fed. By the way, breastfeeding in public is totally legal, as it should be.