Communication and Passion and Tits Getting in Knots. Again.

I’m a big fan of communcation. I believe, very strongly, that just about anything can be fixed with communication.

If something is pissing you off, speak up – don’t just kick poeple from your private Facebook groups so you can bitch about them, without bothering to try to clear it up with them or see if the issue can be sorted. Or clarify that the issue even exists …

It can give perspective and paradigm, clear up misinterpreations or misunderstandings and is sooooo much less heartbreaking than sitting back and seething for the rest of your life.

Of course, communication goes both ways. AsĀ in, there’s the talking (written or spoken) and the listening (hearing or reading) …

Then there are the factors that get in the way of how you hear or read the communciation … things like … Passion.

This popped up in my Facebook feed this moring. I nearly wet my pants laughing, and nodded profusely when I saw it.

In case you can’t read it it says:

In 1970 breastfeeding rates in Norway were as low a those in Britain today. Then Norway banned all advertising of artificial formula milk completely. They offered a year’s maternity leave on 80% of pay and on the mother’s return to work, an hour’s breastfeeding break every day. Today 98% of Norwegian women start out breastfeeding and 90% are still nursing four months later. Deborah Jackson.

At the bottom, it reads:

Either Norwegian women have weird super boobs or a whole bunch of women are getting booby-trapped. Jonirae.com

I saw this on the wall of a breastfeeding advocate friend of mine, and the subsequent banter was passionate, very offended by the last statement and very thingy about social support for breastfeeding women.

(And rightly so … I’m not having a go at that …)

Other breastfeeding “advocates” (less professional) on Facebook were particularly nasty. Of course, there was the stock standard “I did/didn’t breastfeed” personal story, attacks on this Jonirae.com and those who declared they had breastfeeding issues.

Et cetera, et cetera blah blah , the usual standard that makes me alternate between cringing and stabby, for various reasons. It’s all stock standard and I see it all the time. It would get boring, but a small part of me is horrified that SO MANY in our society still speak and think like this, and are SO damned ignorant. *shudder*

Anyhoo … I was going to point out why this was hilarious, how passion got in the way of what was actually said, why jonirae.com made an incredibly valid point and why no one needs to get their tits in a knot about the point.

But I’m not … I want to see if you can work that out for yourself.

Without, if possible, resorting to telling us whether you breastfeed or not, as I could not give a flying fuck and support you in whatever choice you made in this respect :)

It does point out, however, two things … one is to be very careful with your choice or words, and two, to be aware of what has actually been said, not what you wanted to hear … for whatever reason.

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