Sow this, Asshole


A Mikwaukee right wing talk radio show host Mark Belling called women who breastfeed “sows” on his show the other day in response to a proposed breastfeeding bill. You can listen to the segment here, although coincidentally, that podcast of the segment is no longer on the show’s website. He says:

“Without regard to what you think about women who get off by behaving like sows by pulling out their you-know-what in front of everybody else in the world and letting their babies start sucking, whatever you think about that, you don’t have the express it so crudely, well why not? It’s a crude practice, given how adamant some of these sows are, that’s an appropriate term, isn’t it? It’s..it’s what a pig does and it does it in public, right? I mean, I don’t, I – hehehehe…”

Email Belling and let him know who the pig is here. Or better yet, call the station at 414-799-1130.
h/t to Brooke

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  • borrow_tunnel

    Here let me be an 8-year-old for a second: Mark Belling looks like a constipated turtle.

  • anitasaber

    Being from Milwaukee, I’m deeply ashamed by this (we’re not all like him, really!), and being a woman who plans on breastfeeding someday, this just makes me sick.
    I checked out the WISN 1130 website, and was flabbergasted to see the links to the pictures and videos of women on their homepage (well on any page at all really). I always thought 1130 was a respectable station. Now I know otherwise. *Hangs head that this really came out of my hometown*

  • Okra

    I remember Nancy Friday in the “lesbian fantasy” section of the MY SECRET GARDEN book quoting psychological studies that suggested that males are, figuratively, never weaned from female breasts, which has led to [presumably Western] men’s sexual fixation on female breasts. Women, on the other hand, are forced away from the breast (both literally as infants-no-longer-young-enough-for-breastfeeding and figuratively when they get older. So, lesbians are presumably trying to regain what they’ve been deprived of.
    Personally, I always take with a grain of salt any type of scholarship (including in my own field), but especially that of the 60s and 70s, when Friday’s book was published. Research doesn’t stay frozen in time, and psychologists have likely revised many of their theories. Heck, we all know how notoriously flawed Freud is!

  • Okra

    You should also have asked that co-worker if it’s also gross for adults to change the diapers of and bathe babies.
    Since, you know, childcare that involves naked body parts is sexual, we wouldn’t want mommmy and daddy sexually interfacing with their infant.
    /sarcasm.

  • MLEmac28

    I wish I was a lactating mother in Milwaukee so I could sit outside his radio station during his show and breastfeed while wearing a pig’s nose.

  • mommymae.wordpress.com

    my response:
    This is offensive to you, sir? Feeding my child?
    Really?
    I am covered more when I nourish my baby than most at the pool. Even more so than any man at the pool and many of them in this great nation of ours have much larger breasts than I have. Are you saying that men, too, should be covered? Or is it a fault of women that we happen to be able to lactate?
    I am covered more when I nourish my baby than many on t.v. Should men and women on television cover themselves more?
    It is chauvinistic of you to address me as a sow/pig/cow when the milk that I make is intended for my own child.
    Unapologetically,
    mommymae

  • uberhausfrau

    and it’s better than being called a heifer (which isnt even the correct usage.)

  • Victorianox

    I can’t be the only who notes the irony that conservative types generally worship motherhood as women’s highest (if not only) calling and then turn around and are aghast at the actual mechanics of being a mother, like being visibly pregnant, breast-feeding in public, etc.
    And that guy’s picture frightens me, seriously.

  • Chamelyan

    Their “you-know-whats”? No, really, what? Tell me! If you can’t get your head around the fact that there are many parts on a woman’s body with names like breast, vagina, clitoris, etc. then how on earth am I supposed to take your opinion seriously?
    I breast feed. I choose to for many reasons. It’s free. It produces much less waste than formula. It’s ready whenever my baby is hungry. My baby smells better on a breast milk diet than on formula. I enjoy it; the release of hormones to relax me, the feel of my baby in my arms, and the knowledge that I’m giving her a perfect food. If that makes me a sow, so be it. I’d rather be a sow than a jackass.

  • sceeterlove

    I don’t understand where the fight for not breast feeding is stemming from?
    It seems like some women are guilty for no reason at all!
    OK, if you do not have the time, you don’t have the time.
    OK if you can’t produce enough.
    OK if you don’t want your breasts to sag.
    But calling breast feeders a cult is just BIZARRE! If, by liberating ourselves from the patriarchy of this suckass culture breast feeding is the first thing to go, I say that makes me sad.
    I see more women than I care to admit who pretend they use formula for some reason when really, as feminist as they say they are, it is just about keeping their boobies pert for the men who stare at them in the line at the bank.
    I know there are VERY good reasons not to breast feed for certain women…but dont piss on my shoes and tell me its raining by saying breast milk (which exists to feed babies) isn’t the best thing for a newborn.

  • sceeterlove

    I don’t understand where the fight for not breast feeding is stemming from?
    It seems like some women are guilty for no reason at all!
    OK, if you do not have the time, you don’t have the time.
    OK if you can’t produce enough.
    OK if you don’t want your breasts to sag.
    But calling breast feeders a cult is just BIZARRE! If, by liberating ourselves from the patriarchy of this suckass culture breast feeding is the first thing to go, I say that makes me sad.
    I see more women than I care to admit who pretend they use formula for some reason when really, as feminist as they say they are, it is just about keeping their boobies pert for the men who stare at them in the line at the bank.
    I know there are VERY good reasons not to breast feed for certain women…but dont piss on my shoes and tell me its raining by saying breast milk (which exists to feed babies) isn’t the best thing for a newborn.
    OH and this guy needs to get a hold on his jealousy of infants. Just because some woman slapped him in the mall for trying to suckle the boob her newborn wasn’t on, doesn’t mean he has to be bitter forever.
    I’m sure the first thing he goes for when he successfully gets a woman drunk enough to accidentally sleep with him is the boobie. Unbutton and suckle. humph.

  • Aileen Wuornos

    To that “man” I would simply like to say
    ‘bite it, you scum’

  • Clix

    *snicker*
    “They-That-Must-Not-Be-Named,” perhaps? ;)

  • leota529

    I totally agree! I always wondered what the big deal was b/c the visual is pretty G-rated when you compare it to movies and advertisements.

  • Napalm Nacey

    He’s just jealous he can’t get away with having a breast in his mouth that often in public. Jerk.

  • FLT

    Well, that’s another issue for me, but I only call them “breasts.”
    Idiotic nicknames like boobies or tits get into the whole woman-as-child thing. (Besides, the tit–teat–is only one part.) Breasts breasts breasts.

  • FLT

    Brandi, I agree completely that shaming people into breastfeeding is wrong.
    There are many many “natural” things that people choose not to do and that’s ok. We don’t hunt and gather our own food. We dont sit in the dark when the sun goes down because we have light at nighttime. That’s ok.
    I also agree that the benefits of breastfeeding are exaggerated. I would like to do violence to the many people who told me my colicky daughter would not have been if I had only breastfed. I did.
    In many cases, breastfeeding is difficult, exhausting work and not everyone is up to it. The ones who can do it, good for them, and ignore the idiots who don’t like it. The ones who can’t, no big deal, you can be a great parent your own way.

  • virago

    I’m from Wisconsin, and I’ve always hated Mark Bellings. He’s a sexist, racist pig! He’s the last one to call anyone a sow. I don’t have children, but if I do, I will gladly breastfeed, and anyone who says anything against it can go to hell. And the good thing is that the new bill will make it so that anyone who harasses a breastfeeding woman in public is fined $200.00. I hope Mark Bellings is the first one fined! Bastard!

  • Danyell

    I mean…maybe they mean “crude” like barbaric…like…natural? Like what women have done since the dawn of time? I guess some people are too “evolved” to do something as base as breastfeed. Or see someone breastfeed. Or listen to anyone talk about breastfeeding…
    Seriously, fuck that guy.

  • Danyell

    It’s like “shitting in a restaurant”? I’d hate to see what these people feed THEIR kids!
    Ew.

  • Lauren

    I’m e-mailing this bastard. He is a sad waste of human skin. Breast feeding is completely natural and healthier for the babies. I bet his mother even breast fed him!!!! What a worthless piece of $#!+