Maggie Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. She is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, and the older sister of Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal began her acting career in a film directed by her father, and later achieved recognition in her own right playing her real brother’s on-screen sister in Donnie Darko.
She was snapped by the press nursing in public and got heaps of stick for it.
Including – on www.gawker.com
“Why doesn’t she just change her rag in public too, after all that’s part of that natural process that produced her little bundle of joy, right?”
and this lovely response:
“You have to ask yourself: do mothers breastfeed in public because they’re exhibitionists who get off on scandalizing people who believe that breasts are primarily sexual organs meant soley to freak them out? Or do mother’s breastfeed in public because their babies–who have not yet learned to fetishize breasts at the level of an eleven-year-old–are hungry and don’t know the difference between public and private space, but only know that they want to eat?
I’m sorry, but if I were a woman and had to choose between whether I was going to feed my baby or protect the fragile sensibilities of assholes who feel like it’s their right to prolong their adolescences well into middle age, the baby wins every time.
And comparing breastfeeding to rag changing or shitting in public? That’s just fucking sick.