Young Woman (YW): Excuse me? I’m making a baby area, but I forget to make a sign before I left my house.
Amp: You want me to make you a sign? Sure.1
YW: Thanks! It should say “Mothers Room” in big letters. We’re going to make the parlor room a quiet area for feeding babies.
YW: And below that, in smaller letters, can you put “for mothers and their young children?”
Amp: No problem. But what happens if a father wants to bottle-feed his baby?2
YW: Well, we don’t want to get too PC here.
Amp: You’re already setting up a nursing room, which is pretty PC of you.
YW: Nonono, it’s a “mother’s room.” A lot of people weren’t sure it’s all right to have nursing in church, so we’re calling it a mother’s room.
To be fair, there are plenty of people in the church group who are very hip and liberal and play acoustic guitar and (if male) wear stylish stubble. But sometimes the culture shock still takes me by surprise…
- This is a common request at my job, so I have a bunch of sign formats saved on the office computer. [↩]
- In retrospect, this was a stupid question; given how conservative these folks are, of course they don’t want any men in an area where mothers are breastfeeding. This didn’t occur to me at the time, probably because none of the nursing moms I’ve hung out with hesitated to nurse their babies in a mixed crowd. [↩]