[Marxism] Left Forum 2009 journal (Saturday)

Nick Fredman n.fredman.11 at scu.edu.au
Tue Apr 21 17:38:24 MDT 2009


The discussion of this blog post mentioned a noisy baby in one session, and
contained the following comment by Louis:

#7 ³If they can pay $45 to register, surely they can pay for a baby-sitter².

Me:

How do you know they can afford to pay maybe double or more than you did to
attend? And/or that they¹re not following WHO guidelines that state babies
should, whenever possible, be exclusively breast-feed for at least 6 months,
with an only gradual transition to solids up to two years, and may not have
been able to express enough milk to attend for a day? (I wrote about the
Chinese milk scandal and the politics of infant feeding at
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2008/771/39761 )

Babies aren¹t any problem at political or cultural events, unless they¹re
crying, which they don't actually do most of the time (with considerable
variation it's true). Most parents are sensible enough to walk around the
halls etc at those times, as they can¹t take in anything either. Unfortunate
for you guys if this person wasn¹t.

In any case, if the organisers didn¹t provide on-site childcare that was
cheap (i.e heavily subsidised by general conference costs), then you should
direct your complaint to them.






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