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Letter to the Editor

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Bill Kerschner

Letter to the Editor

bkerschner9@hotmail.com

 

In response to “Potential smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students.

I am a longtime Republican conservative and business owner. I do happen to support campus smoking bans for one main reason. College is an institution  where today’s best are being prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders and tobacco or nicotine in any form, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, have no place in such a setting.

 

 

 

A bittersweet end to my college career

by Liana Teixeira | May 7, 2014

When I entered the Rec Center four years ago for the annual club fair, I had no idea where my life at the University of New Haven would lead.

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I walked around each RSO’s table for what seemed like hours, signing my name on countless interest sheets, and hoping to find an organization that piqued my interest. I approached the Charger Bulletin table with hesitancy; I had never written for a school newspaper before, and I had no idea how. Still, when the then Editor-in-Chief Matt DiGiovanni threw a free Charger Bulletin Frisbee my way and encouraged me to sign up, I knew the newspaper was something I’d want to pursue.

After writing my first article, I felt a sense of fulfillment. I wanted to be a journalist, and I knew The Charger Bulletin was where I belonged. Being elected as Assistant Editor my junior year was a complete whirlwind. Not only did I grow as a writer, but my experiences with the newspaper made me feel closer to the campus community as a whole. The friendships I gained that year through The Charger Bulletin with our neighbors (Chariot Yearbook and SCOPE) and USGA are priceless. The 2012-2013 Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Field became one of my best friends at UNH, and I have the newspaper to thank for that.

This year, I assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief, and I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. It seems like yesterday I arrived at the Student Activities Office ready to start the first September issue. Now, I graduate in less than two weeks and I cannot say enough how much I will miss this place, my job and the people I have gotten to know. Samantha Mathewson, the current Assistant Editor, has not only helped me keep my sanity on those long Monday nights editing in the office, but she’s also proved to be one of the most dedicated and talented people I’ve ever worked with. I am confident she will do an excellent job as the incoming Editor-in-Chief.

Taking her place as Assistant Editor will be Elissa Sanci. I met Elissa two years ago during her freshman year. The first thing Elissa wrote for The Charger Bulletin was an article on marijuana use on campus. I remember this article so vividly because it was incredibly well-written, especially for a first-time writer. I immediately saw great potential in Elissa, and know she is the right person for the Assistant Editor job next year.

Fifty-two issues later, writing my last editorial feels rather bittersweet. I cannot express how important it is to share your opinions, whether it is through an editorial or an article. I hope the newspaper has provided you all with a well-rounded forum to openly express your thoughts. I’ll miss every opportunity The Charger Bulletin has offered me, and I’m eager to see what life has in store.

Farewell readers, and good luck to all graduating seniors. For those returning next year, don’t forget to pick up the first issue of The Charger Bulletin!

 

Living life as a Gilmore

by Samantha Mathewson | May 7, 2014

For the better part of my teenage years, or at least once I was aware that such an amazing TV series existed, I followed Gilmore Girls. Not out of rebellion towards my father because he hated the morals of the show, but because I simply could not get enough of the humorous anecdotes of the mother daughter duo.

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As religious as TV watching gets, every Thursday night I flipped to the CW channel, and while my dad didn’t necessarily agree with what the show stood for, he extended my bedtime for that one night a week. The series ended in 2007, and yes, as you’re all probably wondering, I cried.

However, in tribute, I wrote my eighth grade final poem on the series end, “the eighth season is no more, as the series comes to an end…”

For my birthday that following year, my uncle who lived with us at the time and knew my love for the series, gave me the entire series on DVD.

If I haven’t expressed clearly enough my love for the series already, one of my best friends from high school signed my yearbook saying, amongst other things, to “have fun in New Haven following in Rory Gilmore’s footsteps.” And, well, I have.

Rory did not attend the University of New Haven – she went to Yale; however, what the two of us have in common is being elected Editor-in-Chief of our university newspapers for our senior years. Next year I will continue my involvement in The Charger Bulletin as Editor-in-Chief. I am not only looking forward to this opportunity because I idolize Rory, but it has always been a goal of mine since I decided I wanted to pursue a career in journalism and became a staff writer for The Charger Bulletin as a freshman at UNH.

Now, Gilmore Girls has been off the air for a while, with the occasional rerun on ABC Family or SOAP Network. When there is nothing else to watch on TV, I can always count on the Gilmore girls. I can choose any episode from any season to relive the best years of my childhood, similar to how I feel about my accomplishments at UNH.

I could relive any day from any of my three years here so far. Not a day has gone by that I didn’t make the most of, and more importantly, all that I have done got me to the position of Editor-in-Chief, which I could not be more thankful for.

I look forward to working with Elissa Sanci as the newly-elected Assistant Editor for next year, and am sad to say goodbye to the current Editor-in-Chief, Liana Teixeira, who made my experience as Assistant Editor this past year extraordinary.

End of the Year

by Elissa Sanci | May 7, 2014

It’s the end of the year already? It’s hard to believe my sophomore year of college is coming to an end. Just yesterday it felt as though I was a freshman, writing my first article for The Charger Bulletin, and now, I’m getting ready to assume the position of Assistant Editor.

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I’m incredibly honored to be The Charger Bulletin’s Assistant Editor for the upcoming academic year. It’s crazy to think that next year, one of the desks in the Office of Student Activities will be mine, and that I’ll be able to leave my mark on the University of New Haven in bigger ways than I ever thought I could.

This past year has been a great one for The Charger Bulletin; we traveled to San Diego to attend a conference that helped us improve our layout. Now, our paper looks better than it ever has before, thanks to Editor-in-Chief Liana Teixeira and Assistant Editor Samantha Mathewson.

Next year will be strange not having Liana around. When I first met Liana, I was a timid freshman interested in writing for the paper, but scared to speak up. Liana saw potential in me from day one, and for that I’m thankful. Over the past few years, Liana and I have grown closer, and I’m going to miss her and everything she does for The Charger Bulletin and UNH.

I’d also like to congratulate Sam, who will be the Editor-in-Chief next academic year. I look forward to long hours in the office with her, and I know she’ll do a fantastic job at taking over for Liana. I just hope that I’ll do her justice as I fill in her current position. I have faith in the both of us to do wonderful things for the newspaper.

The “Brand” New Hall

by Kayla Katt | May 7, 2014

As of right now, I have to walk all the way across campus to eat at Bartels. It’s probably the most annoying walk to take other than the walk all sophomores have to take to North Campus to get their car. It’s especially daunting when you have to walk through the wind tunnel between Soundview and Bixler.

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The other thing about Bartels is that everyone and their mother goes there for dinner, and it’s so crowded, which makes it the biggest hassle ever. The set up is also terrible, especially for larger crowds; the lines can get confusing and ridiculous, and I’m sure that’s not only frustrating for students, but for faculty too.

However, next year, the new building is on the other side of campus, which makes the walk much shorter. From the rumors I hear, the eating hall is going to be “bangin’.” It’s going to be all technological and modern. Also, it will be much closer to the dorms making it less of an annoyance to get dinner.

The fact that it’s another eating hall and not just an eating location like Sandellas and the Grill, will cause the crowd in Bartels to split, hopefully causing both facilities to run smoother and faster, making it more pleasurable for us students and faculty.

I’m also hoping that it will allow me to hopefully be able to save my dining dollars, being that I will have somewhere closer to my dorm to eat, and because of the (hopefully) smaller crowd, I will be more likely to go to the new building. There, I’ll be able to use just a meal swipe instead of spending dining dollars somewhere else.

I’m hoping the “Brand” New Hall is all that is expected of it, considering it will benefit the campus in more ways than just housing more students.

 

I’m not a racist but….

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Simone Quartey, Contributing Writer

If there is one phrase that I would like to irradiate from existence it would be, “I’m not a racist but…”

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Why do you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It is normally followed by some bigoted and unfounded generalization about black people, gay people or any oppressed minority in general. The phrase is normally used to cloak someone from my critique regarding their offensive view point.

Another phrase that needs to burn in the depths of hell is, “Some of my best friends’ are-

Nope…

Nada…

Nein…

I do not want to hear it. If you have to convince me of it, it is probably not true.

In the wake of the April 2014 being the month of all things racialized and race-related (i.e. Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling), I would like to bring attention to these phrases because I want us to abolish old crutches and get to the root of the issue.

I have heard a lot of commentary from friends, classmates and family about the two latest issues involving race in America. So, what better way to weed through the murky weeds of this touchy subject by taking things one step at a time? Let us begin, shall we?

Being “friends” with or “in a relationship” with a member of a historically oppressed minority does not absolve you from racism.

In light of the Donald Sterling controversy, I think it is imperative for this to be emphasized. Why? Because when the story first broke, I spoke to a few people and read commentary online that suggested somehow that Sterling may not be a racist because his former mistress is a woman of color.

First of all, deep sighs all around. Is that really a thing now? Are we so ignorant to our own history that that is a line of defense? Far before Donald Sterling became the Patron Saint of Plantation math (i.e. the profiting off black male labor+ the exploitation of black women= pray you don’t multiple), there was Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond who perfected the art form.

Yes. There are many historic accounts that reveal the depths to which Jefferson viewed black people as inferior, despite fathering multiple children with his black slave, Sally Hemings. The odd part of this whole arrangement was that he owned her. She was his piece of property. Does this negate the fact that he did great things like writing the Declaration of independence, no. However, by modern standards, the man was a racist and a slave owner a thousand times over. Of course, I can understand those were different times; what can I say? Many of our great men were flawed.

Though it does illustrate the hypocrisy in the fact that a man who gave us “All men are created equal” fathered children that, in his eyes, were not his equals, either in his eyes or the eyes of the law during his lifetime.

The same can be said for Strom Thurmond, the now deceased Senator, who fathered a black woman, Essie Mae Washington out of wedlock. Mind you, Essie Mae Washington’s mother, Carrie Butler was the 16-year-old maid in the Thurmond household, but that is a different story.

Yes, the same Strom Thurmond who filibustered the 1964 Voting Rights Act for 14 hours and 13 minutes.

Interesting how that works.

That is not to compare Mr. Sterling’s relationship with his alleged mistress to these previous examples. Ms. Stiviano has autonomy over her life that Sally Hemings and Carrie Butler did not. She chose to enter a relationship with this man, even though he was sued by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination.

Nor do I mean to compare Mr. Sterling to a slave owner. However, the cognitive dissonance between being racist and having sexual relations with the very group you discriminate against are similar.

Racism is by definition the viewing of one race to be inferior to your own.

It is a loaded term that means a lot more than merely disliking someone else because they belong to another race. It means you view them as other, subhuman or not equal to you.

There is a systematic, and there has been from the dawn of our Republic, exploitation of African Americans at the economic behest of a privileged power structure. We may play for basketball teams, make a lot of money, hell even have a Black President, however that does not mean racism is dead.

This is how Mr. Sterling can own a basketball team in a league that is 80 percent black and still be racists.

Our nation was unfortunately built this way. Who do you think built the monuments in D.C and the very White House at the epicenter of our nation’s capital? It was not paid labor, that’s for sure. Yet Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher, experienced when he ponders out loud if black people would have been better off as slaves.

Like slavery was a walk in the park…ok there, pal. It’s 2014. People still talk like this. Huh. So much for that “post-racial” society talks…

Reverse racism is not a thing.

There are people in power, whether it is an admissions office, the U.S Senate or corporate America that can systematically bar people from gaining opportunities in this country. The worst part is that we may not know it publically, but they may secretly harbor these views. How many men in power with the ability to shape my destiny as a student, potential law student and lawyer think the way Mr. Sterling does? It is a frightening thought.

There are institutional facts like legacy enrollments at Ivy League institutions, a last name like Astor or Vanderbilt and generations of wealth and power that have not been accessible to oppressed minorities in any way. Oppressed minorities like gay people or women or Native Americans do not have centuries of advantages. Only recently have they gained any access to opportunities that have been afforded to others for centuries.

It is like we are all running a marathon, but some start the race a mile ahead. So while an oppressed person can be bigoted or prejudice, can they be racist? Hmm. That’s another story. Minorities are considered the inferior, while members of the dominant culture are considered the default. So calling me a racist for pointing this out speaks more to levels of your own discomfort with engrained privileges afforded by just being born than it does to my experiences or perceptions.

Just because you do not call me the N-word does not give you a pass.

You may in fact have preconceived notions of me when I walk through the door, like people have had of me before.

Yes, I listen to Bach and Mozart.

Yes, I read as a hobby and yes, I took AP courses in High School.

No, I did not grow up in the “ghetto.” Whatever that means…

Yes, my favorite band is the Beatles.

I am not a special snowflake. I am not different than “other uneducated blacks”, as I have been told growing up.

No, I did not live in a hut or swing from trees (I lived in Ghana for a time, so this was a popular question during my high school days)

No, I do not sound “white” over the phone, whatever that means.

Being uncomfortable being in a room full of black people, with no consideration of what it must be like to often be the only face of color anywhere (i.e. school, my neighborhood, and clubs) is odd. Why?

Being the “other” every day of my life is my existence. I cannot remove my gender or my race and pretend. Nor can I “get over” the fact that I had the cops called on me as I was canvassing for Environmental conservation last summer because I look suspicious. Do I?

A petite girl wearing a University of New Haven t-shirt knocking on doors for donations. Okay. What is suspicious looking about me?

However, I was harassed, had my ID checked and had to wait for my field manager to pick me up and take me back to the office. Mind you, I was canvassing in a neighborhood only an hour from my own.

Have you ever been through that? Will you ever go through that? I was forced to quit volunteering for a cause I loved due to multiple incidents like this.

So the next time you feed me a line about “reverse racism” or “Some of my best friends are…” or “I dated a black guy, so I’m not racists”, ask yourself:

Are our experiences and opportunities in life the same?

Do I view people as less than myself due to your race?

Take a walk in my shoes.

Oh! Wait, you can’t. So like I said; nope, nada, nein. I do not want to hear it.

The best way to combat racism is to acknowledge it exists and it always will. Until we actually level the playing field and face what the real issues are, the Donald Sterlings and Cliven Bundys that have deluded themselves into thinking they are not racists, will always exist.

Time heals all wounds, but scars remain. In order to move to a much more harmonious future, we must make peace with our acrimonious past.

 

 

Compromise on the smoking ban

by Gabby Nowicki | April 30, 2014

Smoking is disgusting. I think it is one of the biggest turn offs and nothing good comes from it. This is just an opinion. Thousands of people still smoke whether they are aware of the harmful effects or not. On this campus alone, there are so many smokers. I’m shocked at how many of my friends smoke, whether it’s for social occasions or on the reg. I personally am against it, but it’s not my life so I really have no control over it.

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There are rumors going around that the university is going to try and remove all smoking from the campus. This is a nice attempt from the university to help those that do not like smoking and to make the overall campus a healthier environment, but it is quite a long stretch. This ban would anger a majority of the student body and cause more issues than it would solve. What would be next? Completely remove alcohol even for those over age 21?

Instead of completely removing smoking from campus, they should just move the designated smoking areas further away from the buildings. I hate having to walk into my building and pass a bunch of smokers. My friend that lives closest to the door can sometimes smell the smoke in her room!

Also, I hate walking to my classes or Jazzmans and having to walk through a bunch of people smoking. I pride myself on never smoking, so why do I have to still suffer from it and risk getting second hand smoke?

The designated smoking areas should be moved to places where less people walk. Who cares if smokers complain that they have to walk further? You guys are the ones that choose to smoke so we are doing you a favor by putting the locations further away so that your lungs get some benefit.

Overall, it is stupid to altogether remove smoking on campus, and the university should just work to make it less noticeable.

A Letter to UNH, who is proposing a tobacco ban

by The Charger Bulletin | April 30, 2014

By John Kelly, Contributing Writer

Dear UNH,

Wednesday morning, I woke up and began my normal morning routine. I climbed out of bed, dawned my bathrobe, made myself a cup of coffee and packed a lip. When I my read email, I noticed one of the thousands of emails UNH sent out regarded a potential tobacco ban on campus.

This piqued my interested because I am an avid tobacco user. I dip tobacco; for those of you who do not know, dip is a form of smokeless tobacco that you place between your cheek and gums. It is very popular among baseball players, military members and rednecks. I have been dipping for three years now and it has become a part of my everyday life.

I am a Seaman (yes…Seaman) in the U.S. Coast Guard. I have dedicated myself to the service in defense of this great nation. Like most other service members, active or prior service, I enjoy my tobacco very much. A ban of tobacco would mean that I could no longer dip or enjoy a nice cigar on campus, where I currently reside. Like many of us, UNH is our home. We live here, go to school here, and have fun here. To tell an entire population of students and faculty alike that they cannot use tobacco, a legal product, is an insult. We are all adults here, capable of making the decision to use tobacco or not. I fully realize that dipping or smoking cigarettes is not a very healthy choice; it is a choice that us tobacco users have made. The idea to make campus a tobacco free place was most likely done in good faith with the intention of making the campus a healthier place. However, this decision impedes on people’s rights to make their own choices. If a tobacco ban were to be put into effect, smokers would have to go off campus to have a cigarette or cigar. They cannot even use an electronic cigarette, which is just water vapor and no smoke what so ever, indoors because the use of e-cigarettes (as they are called) have also been banned from use in buildings on campus. Forcing smokers to go off campus to smoke, especially at night, would pose a safety risk because this area is not the nicest place to be off campus. The idea of banning tobacco on campus seems very childish to impose on a group of adults.

Many students, tobacco users or not, are opposed to a tobacco free campus. The proposal was to ban tobacco from campus, but interestingly enough, the survey only mentioned smoking. There was no mention of dip, chew, snuff or other forms of smokeless tobacco on the survey. With that, I am not sure if the administration wishes to ban smoking or all forms of tobacco on campus. Nevertheless, they would be taking away a product that many of us enjoy, whether socially or on an everyday basis. This country was founded on tobacco; many of our Founding Fathers were tobacco plantation owners, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.

Furthermore, Connecticut is extremely well known for their tobacco, which is used for wrappers on premium cigars. Connecticut Shade Tobacco has been growing in the Connecticut River Valley natively when it was discovered in 1630. Tobacco put Connecticut on the map, now many Connecticut schools, including the University of New Haven, are trying to ban the very item that is steeped in state heritage. If this ban were to pass, you couldn’t even enjoy a Connecticut wrapped cigar (one of my personal favorites by the way) on campus. The American Revolution was started over a two percent tax on tea, now organizations are trying to ban legal products. Now, I am not by any means saying that we need to start a revolution over this issue, but we need to stand up for our rights and what we believe in. Continue to educate yourselves about this topic and defend what you believe in.

Very Respectfully,

John Kelly

P.S: I was packing a lip while I wrote this.

 

Better school security needed in light of recent tragedy

by Kaitlin Mahar | April 30, 2014

The people in our country have many things that they believe should take precedence in the American legal system, whether it’s allowing gay couples to legally marry, providing healthcare to all U.S. citizens, or legalizing marijuana. While each of these issues should take some importance, there is one issue that should come before all the rest: safety in our schools.

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On Friday, April 25, 2014, Maren Sanchez, a student at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, CT, was murdered after rejecting a boy’s invitation to prom. Her reason? She had a boyfriend. So, her killer, who had brought a knife into the high school, responded by stabbing Maren to death, after which the school went into lockdown.

Unnecessary violence has been running rampant in our school systems, yet this country has made little effort to stop it. Even after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy on December 14, 2012, many officials made promises of reform and making schools safer. Yet, there have been little to no efforts towards doing so.

I had the opportunity to speak to many local high school students about safety in schools after Maren’s death, and all of them agreed that their feelings of safety in their high schools, middle schools, and even colleges have decreased with the increasing acts of violence over the years. My sister and her friends, students at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, CT, marveled at the fact that many local high schools do not even have metal detectors. In many educational facilities, a student, or even faculty member, can literally walk into their school with a weapon, and never have anyone notice.

It should be mandatory for all schools to have security guards at assigned posts, metal detectors installed at entrances, and cameras everywhere. It’s unfortunate that students would inevitably have to lose some of their innocence in this way, but, at this point, it needs to be done. It may seem wrong to put students through all of that – some may say that doing so treats them like criminals. However, it is better to take all the precautions necessary, than for students and parents alike to think that schools, a former place of learning and safety, are now increasingly becoming one of the most common places of violence in America.

It’s a sad day when parents send their children off to school and are not absolutely sure if they’ll come back later that afternoon. It’s unfair that students have to worry about acts of violence occurring in their own schools. I understand that everyone has an issue close to his or her heart. Maybe it’s increasing safety in schools, maybe it isn’t. However, we need put our issues aside for a moment and make safety in schools our priority at this time, or else nothing will change.

While wearing a color for the victims and remembering the anniversaries may pay homage to all those affected, it doesn’t do anything to stop tragedies in the first place. Kids continue to die for no reason, and few things have been done to stop it or even prevent it in the future. A popular, albeit cheesy, saying by politicians, and pretty much all adults, is that “Children are our future.” However, if we continue to let these acts of violence go on in schools without even the slightest attempts at prevention, there won’t be many children, or future, left.

 

Breasts: understanding a national taboo

by Liana Teixeira | April 30, 2014

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of breasts? A woman wearing a bikini on the beach? A porno clip? Maybe you picture a nude scene from a show like Game of Thrones. I bet in the five seconds it took you to create that mental image a woman breastfeeding didn’t even cross your mind. In fact, many would probably turn away if they saw a mother breastfeeding her child at a park or a woman walking down the street topless.

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Breast exposure remains extremely taboo in American society. I consider myself a rather progressive woman, and even I was shocked when faced with this recent situation.

Last week, one of my professors brought his wife and two toddler-aged children to class. His wife, who has experience with editing, was asked to review the first drafts of our final exam essays and provide feedback. As I sat down for my one-on-one time with her, one of the children became very fussy in her arms. After several moments of ear-splintering screams, the mother casually unzipped her jacket, rearranged her tank top and began breastfeeding the child while continuing to look over my paper. My eyes uncomfortably wandered to everywhere but her bosom; I just couldn’t believe that someone would be comfortable enough to start breastfeeding a child in the middle of a college classroom.

However, what surprised me most was not the woman’s casual attitude toward breastfeeding in a classroom, but rather my own, shocked reaction. I walked away moments later questioning why I had felt the need to look away, as if breasts were some private, foreign object. If I was so bothered by this, was breastfeeding in a public park, restaurant or at the beach as appropriate as I had once believed? Would I have reacted the same way if my professor had showed us a movie with a sex scene or nudity?

The uncomfortableness surrounding breast exposure in America ultimately stems from our history and upbringing. We are the products of a society rooted in puritanical and religious values, which have incidentally characterized breast exposure as obscene when unrelated to a sexual purpose.

It’s completely normal for bare-breasted women to be in strip clubs or sex scenes in movies and TV shows, but any non-sexual situation immediately receives backlash. In 2012, a woman named Jessica Krigsman was arrested for going topless while sunbathing on a park bench in Brooklyn. She cited the 1992 case People v. Santorelli which ruled that banning bare female breasts in public areas violated equal protection clauses, but the officers still arrested her. The charges were later dropped.

Though the law was clearly in Krigsman’s favor, the officers still felt the need to reprimand her for going topless. The decision to ignore Krigsman’s explanation seems less rooted in the officers’ understanding of the law, but rather their personal perception of breasts and their effect on the public.

In terms of breastfeeding, most states have passed legislation stating breast exposure in public (and sometimes private) locations is permitted for the purposes of breastfeeding. Connecticut, for example, has a statute forbidding any person from restricting the right of a mother to breastfeed her child. However, two states (West Virginia and Idaho) have no laws protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed in public, according to nursingfreedom.org

While clear laws supporting female breast exposure for breastfeeding and regular activity exist, social conventions prevent overall acceptance from being reached in American society. Many non-Western cultures and indigenous populations typically go topless without a second thought, and we’re all familiar with the European nude beaches. However, we’ve branded parts of the human anatomy as indecent when not fulfilling a sexual purpose.

As a society we glorify sex and not nudity, and this becomes particularly prevalent at colleges and universities, UNH included. There is a world separate from the one we see in those pretty, cookie-cutter university brochures – one consisting of drugs, alcohol and sex. College students remain in a confined, educational environment, and have little exposure to nudity aside from sex. Public nudity in any form on a college campus may spark initial confusion and natural surprise.

There’s a reason I looked away from a woman breastfeeding; I was unprepared for seeing such a scene play out on university premises. The media showcasing nudity primarily for sexual purposes also makes the issue of breast exposure even fuzzier. We are still living in a world of strict moral and religious values, and once we strip down that barrier, a better acceptance of non-sexual breast exposure and breastfeeding can be reached.

 

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