So I came across an article about migrant workers (and also illegal workers) who work as farm workers. Supposedly Steven Cobert has teemed up in a tongue and cheek way with the UFW. They are encouraging the unemployed and any grumblers who think migrant workers "steal" American jobs to take the farm workers jobs. They have a form online that interested parties can use to request a job application. There is small print at the bottom of the request which reads "Job may include using hand tools such as knives, hoes, shovels, etc. Duties may include tilling the soil, transplanting, weeding, thinning, picking, cutting, sorting & packing of harvested produce. May set up & operate irrigation equip. Work is performed outside in all weather conditions (Summertime 90+ degree weather) & is physically demanding requiring workers to bend, stoop, lift & carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis." Here are the websites: job application request page and news article
I also was watching an old episode of Penn and Teller's show BS the other night. I don't normally agree with their political commentary, but I enjoy watching the opposite view point if it's put together well. If you don't know, Penn and Teller are magicians. They are also describe themselves as Atheists and Libertarians. Anyway..as I said I don't normally agree with them. They had an episode on boobies. Part of it was related to first amendment rights of baring breasts in public. Part of it had a porn star baring her boobs talking about breastfeeding (you can skip that part if it offends you; they tend to over sexualize things on their show) and an ordinary woman who was harassed in a Toys R Us in times square because she was breastfeeding in public. There was also the opposing view point from a woman who totally disgusted me. Just so you know, Penn and Teller support breastfeeding in public so when I say opposite view point I mean this woman is a lawyer and wants to abolish a woman's right to feed her child in public.
They totally made fun of her. She said a number of things that made my jaw drop. She said that she didn't like seeing a woman breastfeed 6 inches a way from her. Penn said well I wouldn't either because the idiot would have spacial problems. She said why do women who have children think that they automatically have the right to bare the breast because they have a 10 lbs baby. Ouch! She also thought that it would be traumatic for children to see a woman breastfeeding (she meant in a sexual way). As far as I know, because I really don't think there's any factual research on this, it's not traumatic for children. Penn and Teller presented several people who said that while breasts are sexual in a certain context, they are also not sexual in other contexts (ie breastfeeding) and any intelligent person would understand that. It seems that they were trying to say that people who hate breastfeeding in public think that breasts are solely sexual objects. I even read somewhere a person refusing to breastfeed because her boobs were for sex.
Now I understand that a lot of woman are weary of breastfeeding in public. Social stigmas being social stigmas. Typically I've heard that they don't want people staring at them and/or they don't want malicious comments. A lot of women cover up to compensate. Most people find that acceptable. I've only covered up at church. Most of the time people can't see anything but a bit of skin. My state is one of the 47 states that protects the rights of breastfeeding mothers. (Apparently West Virginia doesn't have a law protecting public breastfeeding) Even if it didn't, we also will allow women to bare their breasts as long as the nipple is covered. So breastfeeding takes care of that.
There's a great Wikipedia article about breastfeeding in public. I thought the entry about Saudi Arabia was interesting "Women in Saudi Arabia openly breastfeed their infants even though they may be fully veiled." So in the conservative Muslim world, breasts are not sexual even though ankles are. LOL
Also was out eating today and a lady was with her two daughters sat next to us asked what type of diapers I had. HB was wearing just a onesie and the diaper poked out. Naturally I started off with cloth. She said, "Oh I know. I meant what type. Are they Thirsties?" Big grin on my face. "Yes." She told me that she cloth diapered her youngest and used Fuzzibunz and BumGenius. I said that I heard that Fuzzibunz were great and she said that she loved them. Then she asked if my Thirsties was a cover or a diaper. I told her it was just a cover. Love love love cloth. Didn't think that they'd connect me to total strangers. Made me feel less alone. I know that one of the ladies at BSG uses Fuzzibunz with her daughter. But that's the only person I knew. Everyone else has disposables. It was cool to be able to talk to someone who knew what I was talking about. Mostly people ask and I become an informational tour guide. It was nice to be able to have a head to head about what type we liked and stuff.
And that's the end of my tidbits.