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April 5, 2005 / allyo

I am not a nazi

I am however a geek, so I’ll start with the Merriam-Webster definition of "nazi:"

Main Entry: Na·zi
Pronunciation: 'nät-sE, 'nat-
Function: noun
Etymology: German, by shortening & alteration from Nationalsozialist, from national national + Sozialist socialist
1 : a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler
2 often not capitalized : one who resembles a German Nazi
nazi adjective, often capitalized
na·zi·fi·ca·tion /"nät-si-f&-'kA-sh&n, "nat-/ noun, often capitalized
na·zi·fy /'nät-si-"fI, 'nat-/ transitive verb, often capitalized

Ahem. Now that we’re all starting from the same place. The first time I heard the term "femi-nazi" I was offended. I am no less offended by the term "breastfeeding nazi" and all it’s cousins – "boob nazi," etc. I am sorry breastfeeding didn’t work for you, whether because for some reason you were physically unable to breastfeed or because maybe you really could have with a little better information and/or support. However, breastmilk IS the best food for babies, yes, even yours. Formula is the ONLY substitute for breastmilk, but it is in the end a substitute.

I really don’t know what’s going on but two or three times in the last couple of weeks people commenting on other blogs on entries that that have nothing to do with breastfeeding have brought up the boob nazis and I’m freaking sick of it. To equate advocates with the best interests of babies AND mothers with those responsible for mass-genocide is shameful and wrong. Stop it.

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  1. Jaimie / Apr 21 2005 12:25 am

    AMEN!!!

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