A South Carolina pet store manager has reportedly been fired over a social media post in which she pledged to punch “the next female that tries to whip her boob out to breastfeed in front of my kids” — prompting outraged mothers to threaten a “nurse-in” at the outlet in retaliation. In a Facebook post that swiftly went viral after screenshots of it were shared online, former Petsense employee Carly Clark had written, “I’m not sorry. The next female that tries to whip her boob out to breastfeed in front of my kids will get a black eye, move that baby bc [because] I’ll punch it too [sic].” One mother, Jessi Vogel, said that she was horrified by the violence implied in Clark’s rant, and that she was sick of mothers being stigmatized for breastfeeding in public.
“It made me angry because it’s not right for someone to say that at all. I was really shocked,” said Vogel. “Breasts have become so sexualized and it’s perfectly OK to use them for advertisements and things like, but as soon as you start breastfeeding in public you get looks and it is not right.”
“I believe on one of her comments her reasoning was that she didn’t want her kids to see [another woman’s breast],” she added. “But the thing is that taking a moment out of her day to explain this to her children is going to benefit them. This is what God intended breasts to be for — to feed your baby.”
Amid the backlash, Clark attempted damage control, suggesting her diatribe was directed at only one person, not all mothers and babies. But her follow-up remarks only drew more criticism, as the post below shows.
Vogel sent screenshots of the post to Petsense, and a number of breastfeeding mothers began planning a “nurse-in” at the store in protest of her comments. In response, Petsense later issue a statement denouncing Clark’s comments and explaining that “this individual is no longer employed by Petsense” after investigating into the matter.
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