AndyG314 wrote:and I'm free not to invite you to my graduation.
Except this was HER graduation, and as you point out, the etiquette/politeness police haven't said anything in HER universities bylaws about the presence of children and/or their need to be fed.
Again, think about the context here; she didn't take the kid up with her with her tit exposed to accept her diploma. This was AFTER the ceremony, and you're still getting upset about her doing so.
Hypothetical: Famous scientist is invited to give a lecture. She does, and her partner brings her child. After the lecture, she walks out to the lobby and starts breastfeeding her child. Someone walks up to her and they start chatting science, or whatever. Photo gets taken, and THE SCIENTIST posts it to a friend group. Would you say she has acted inappropriately, because bebbies got no place in science?
First of all I didn't have a problem with her breast feeding the baby, in fact I said:
andyg314 wrote:Given the circumstances she probably did the only thing available to her.
My problem was that she shouldn't have brought her baby in the middle of the graduating class. It would have been fine if somebody else was watching the child during the ceremony, but her place was with her graduating class, if she couldn't have given the even her undivided attention she shouldn't have gone. It wasn't just her graduation, it was her classmates as well.
You said it was after the ceremony, the artical says:
A friend had taken the photograph of Thurman, who was donning a cap and gown, as she breastfed her daughter, Aaliyah, who had become hungry during her May 22 graduation ceremony at Cal State Long Beach.
You hypothetical doesn't apply, as this was in the middle of the ceremony. It would be as if the scientist brought her baby to the lecture and have it sitting on her lap. Which yest I say is rude, the people attending the lecture have the expectation of her undivided attention.
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