On the first day of her 'Sex, Gender Culture' class at Washington, D.C.'s American University, Professor Adrienne Pine was faced with a dilemma: abandon her students and care for her sick newborn, or bring her baby to work. She chose the latter.
Throughout the lecture, Lee crawled around the floor, fussed a little, and grew hungry.
Professor Pine quickly breastfed her daughter in front of the 40 students, not thinking anything of her actions until a reporter began to hound her, students began blasting her anonymously on the school newspaper's website and American University itself damned her actions.
Not one to take the 'incident' lying down, Professor Pine published her own essay on the website CounterPunch.com, calling out the 'hostile environment' she found herself in.
She recounted how she came to bring her baby to the lecture: ''A week ago Tuesday my baby woke up with a fever. It was the first day of my intro “Sex, Gender Culture” class with 40 students and a new TA,'' she wrote.
''Desperately weighing the situation, it seemed that I had little choice. I could not bring her to daycare with a fever, and I did not feel like it was an option to cancel class.'
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