Monday, 5 January 2009

Boobs, fat and fuel

It's amazing what you find when looking for links on the internet. I was looking for more links to celebrities who've lost their children. After all, John Travolta lost his son last week and Mia Farrow lost her adult daughter. Here in Ghana, a known member of society lost his 3.5 year old daughter after she tragically died in La Palm's swimming pool. (Apparently she somehow got into the adult pool which is not monitored by lifeguards). Could there be anything worse than experiencing the death of your child? I think not.

Any way, whilst browsing the world wide web for more details I first came across a story of outrage against facebook for banning pictures of babies being breastfed. Naturally, as a woman, and someone who sees nothing wrong in breastfeeding in public (despite whatever I may have written before!), I understand the upset people are feeling over these pictures being likened to pornography. However, after taking a peek at the facebook group "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!(Official petition to Facebook)", my only question is why you would take, no, publish a picture of your baby being fed? Is it a matter of that being the only moment you catch him/her awake, or simply wanting to catch the moment and share it with friends and family? Only asking as most mothers I know feel a bit exposed whilst breastfeeding and I can't imagine them wanting to have their picture shared on facebook.

HOWEVER, what really intrigued me was the story of the doctor who took the fat from patients he had performed liposuction on and turned it into biodiesel for his and his girlfriend's cars! Surely this man is an ecological genius, no? Rather he has fled to South America as his practices were against California law. At first I thought, 'what a shame' as I am all for recycling, but after learning that his girlfriend performed some surgeries (without a medical licence!) and took out too much fat, I can see why it would be risky for him to gain from what he was taking out of the patients. After all, the way petrol prices used to go up, we'd all be tempted to steal a bit more fat from our would-be patients to keep our expenses down! Still, the avid recycler in me feels he was really on to something.

What do you think?

9 comments:

novisi said...

haaahahahaha!
interesting...
but before i tell you what i think let me scream that I LOVE BOOBS...

i picture of a mum breastfeeding the kid is definitely one that evokes some deep sense of human touch in me...

it's just one of those humbling moments you know!

as for pornography, i think there's just a thin line that separates it from what is aesthetic on the other side really!

and it makes me wonder why some pretend so much...but well, so i would just say let's leave it to the individual...

let those who want to connect with nature do so as they wish and let those who want to wish away nudity keep their imagination...

if the women who wear the long dresses could imagine what eyes like mine see i bet they would not raise hell about mini-skirts again!

Fat fuel,
this one is sad... on one hand it's a bio thing...but at the same time it infringes on the rights of individuals...

so it's a shame...but i wish it's one area which could be explored legitimately for man and woman's use!

enjoy!

posekyere said...

With such a hilarious entrance into the year, I bet I am in for a fabulous Mayafest!
I don't like this blog, I loooove it!
Your ability to make a perfect cocktail from completely different ingredients must be a testament to a great gift of ingenuity and creativity.
I say, give us more maya!

Maya said...

So true Novisi, there's a thin line between pornography and art. As for the long skirts, I think all us ladies who read this are curious as to what you see!

Completely agree with you, I hope there will be a way of making this strange form of recycling legitimate!

Maya said...

Thank you Posekyere!
I'm blushing. Only hope I can live up to your expectations...

Denise said...

Hi Maya, as a parent it is one of my deepest fears that my child should die before I do. While I know that I would have to 'deal' with the trauma of that, I am not sure how I would. My heart really goes out to those parents that have had to go through that loss.

As for the thin lines between parenting and pornography as it relates to breast feeding, let's just say there are some pictures I would prefer not to put on face book myself. But yes, to each his own - the interpretation is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

Being a die-hard Boston Legal fan I had a good laugh when I read about the doctor. In one episode, Denny claimed to be shipping medical waste and using it for the very same reason! I guess truth is never too far from fiction is it?

P.S. Though I enjoyed your reflections on the elections, I welcome this side of Maya back again.

Maya said...

Denise, Virgo loves Boston Legal, will have to see if he has that episode!

And I completely agree with you, felt some relief as I wrote the previous post, knowing that I would (hopefully) not write about the elections again. Which is also why I am keeping mum on any further comments on the topic.

Look forward to a new year of non-political blogging!

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

The fat fuel bit is wonderful. Your ideas are a bit...how to say it...independent, but that's why I love the writer you are. Great start to 09, while some of us are still warming the engine at standstill.

Maya said...

"Independent", ey Nana Yaw? Is that liek when rich people are called ecentric instead of crazy, lol!

Either way, you better continue writing in 2009, some of us know your house AND your office and will hunt you down and...(well I'm not going to incriminate myself in text).

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Lol

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