In the era of shock art, 4chan, and the internet in general, it’s hard to believe a picture of a mother wearing her husband’s firefighter uniform while breast-feeding her child could cause people to get legitimately upset.
The photographer who took the picture, Tara Ruby, said, “In the last couple of weeks, we realized that this is something [city officials] were seriously upset about to the point where they were trying to discipline [the firefighter] — and we don’t understand why.”
Ruby, who is known for her photographs of women breast-feeding in uniform, is surprised at the backlash, especially considering she photographed women breast-feeding in Army uniforms last year, which received praise from the Army.
Ruby continued, “My question back to the Las Cruces Fire Department would be: What’s the difference between a son walking around with a fireman’s uniform on at an event? If the firetrucks come out, they let the kids try on the uniforms. They put the uniforms on, walk around and people take pictures of them.”