A new mom who was shocked to find that a stranger had snapped a photo of her breastfeeding in public and posted it to social media to shame her, has inspired mom's everywhere by standing up to her critics.
Connor Kendall was in a T.G.I. Friday's in Terre Haute, Indiana when the photo was snapped without her knowledge, showing her sitting at a table near the window, breastfeeding her baby son.
The man who posted the photo, wrote: "I went [sic] to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I'm trying to eat my Fridays, there are little kids around. I understand feeding in public but could you at least cover your boob up?"
Connor saw the post after another Facebook user posted a screengrab of it to a Facebook group for mother's in the area. Enraged that her image had been broadcast in such away and hurt by the ignorant and insulting comments that were included in the post, Conner did not take the criticism lying down.
The offending post (Photo Credit: Facebook)
This courageous mom took to social media to post her own message, and it was a powerful one at that. Her lengthy letter, which she sent directly to the man who snapped her picture, was also posted on her Facebook wall.
"He snapped the photo and then put it up on social media (Facebook and Instagram), many of the comments that followed were nothing less than harassing and shameful to, not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother," Connor wrote.
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"I was really very hurt by this act, because I was in no way bothering him, so what gave him the right to shame me?
"You've shown your true colors to many and you've exposed others who are likewise simpleminded," she wrote to the man. "While you meant to come across as exposing a violation of your rights and the rights of others, you fell into your own hypocrisy. You violated the rights of not only me, but my child. Did you know it is illegal to share the pictures of minors without the expressed permission of their legal guardian? I get that you felt uncomfortable looking at my breasts. Here is a novel idea, don't look at them."
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She goes on to assure the man that he will see how wrong he is after mothers will join her side for degrading them "by shaming the act of feeding their child".
According to Connor, the man replied to her with an "insincere" apology.
Read the entire post below:
***Please Read Everything (I know it's long, but it is very important)***Yesterday I was shamed on social media for...Posted by Conner Kendall on Thursday, May 28, 2015
***Please Read Everything (I know it's long, but it is very important)***Yesterday I was shamed on social media for...
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