Australian women only gym bans breastfeeding

Not quite sure how this makes sense…
A women-only gym in the national capital has banned mothers from breastfeeding their newborn babies.
Club Pink, in Canberra’s north, could find itself dragged before the courts after it told two members to stop feeding their hungry babies in the gym.
The mothers – Melinda MacDonald and Kathleen Notley – have held meetings with the club’s managers, written to the club and provided them with relevant sections in the ACT’s Discrimination Act outlining their case.
But the women were informed by management the no-children, members-only policy of the club stands and they could not bring their newborn babies to the gym.

Guess if you have kids, you just can’t work out.

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5 Comments

  1. magikmama
    Posted July 29, 2005 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Yep – everyone knows that mothers aren’t actually women. They’re too special to be let out in public. *end snark*

  2. magikmama
    Posted July 29, 2005 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Yep – everyone knows that mothers aren’t actually women. They’re too special to be let out in public. *end snark*

  3. Random
    Posted July 29, 2005 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see what the problem is. That particular club has no children policy. Those women chose to violate it, so that don’t get to come in again. They can get a babysitter, or not to work out. Why does this have to be so controversial? Obviously, mothers still need to work out (I’m a mother and I work out!), but that particular gym requires that all kids stay home. I’m sure they’ve seen the rules when they signed up.

  4. Random
    Posted July 29, 2005 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see what the problem is. That particular club has no children policy. Those women chose to violate it, so that don’t get to come in again. They can get a babysitter, or not to work out. Why does this have to be so controversial? Obviously, mothers still need to work out (I’m a mother and I work out!), but that particular gym requires that all kids stay home. I’m sure they’ve seen the rules when they signed up.

  5. stephen
    Posted August 1, 2005 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Random, a rule is there for a reason and the reason is the justification for the rule. What would be the reason for having a no-breastfeeding rule?

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