Stephanie Rhodus says that when she breastfeeds her 8-month old son, Archer, he doesn’t like the feeling of being covered up. So when Rhodus was feeding him during a court proceeding, a judge demanded she cover up. Rhodus said the judge “terrified” her. The judge lambasted her and inevitably kicked her out.
The audio recording of District Court Judge Peter Knight’s lecturing with Rhodus is located here: Asheville Citizen-Times.
The Judge told her, “Ma’am, you need to cover up,” Knight can be heard saying in the recording, which was also obtained by an ABC affiliate. “For you not to realize that is absolutely ridiculous. Step outside, and cover up right now. Stand up, and go, now.”
It truly is sad that we remain living in a society that treats women who breastfeed as second-class citizens. These women are our mothers, and they deserve respect. There is nothing distasteful about a natural part of our lives.