That’s the question being asked by Hector Cruz. Business Insider says that as he watched his wife struggle through a painful nursing experience, he came to the conclusion that “if he could breastfeed, he would.”
Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey hated it:
Sure, education is never a bad thing, but is anybody else experiencing a disconnect here? How does pretending to do something help educate others? How does this dude not see how condescending the phrase “If I could, I would” is, particularly to mothers who are either too busy or experience too much pain to continue to breastfeed? It would be just as useful to say, “I can’t, so I won’t.”
Admittedly, the campaign is pretty goofy. I’m a man and a father who is very pro-breastfeeding, but my “lactivism” consisted mainly of supporting my wife by always being the one who got up with the baby after she finished late-night feedings in bed.
What this campaign really makes me think about is how different things would be if men could breastfeed — from a cultural point of view. I’ll bet there would be a lot less shame and stigma thrown at it, for starters. After all, it’s the female breast that causes so much anxiety in so many cultures, while men go topless with impunity. If male privilege extended to breastfeeding, we wouldn’t even think twice about nursing at restaurants, in the workplace, or on magazine covers. Hell, we’d probably have a whole genre of macho magazines talking about how awesome we are at it.
But that’s not the case. With breastfeeding the domain of biological women, it is still treated as something to be hidden from sight — like menstruation — by a sexist society. Let’s keep that in mind while we look at these pictures: