There are a lot of topics in daily life that many people avoid mentioning outright because they're slightly "icky" or it's considered "private" or somehow mildly taboo. One of these things I've run into recently (over the past year or so) is breastfeeding.
It's something that (in the US at least) there's a major movement towards normalizing it as something that's "natural" and that women shouldn't be ashamed to do it in public or talk about it. I've never personally had issues with it - Austin is pretty liberal and anyone speaking up about it being "disgusting" or "private" would likely get shamed into shutting up.
At work, I've had to deal with people asking where I'm going when I'm headed to "relieve some pressure" or "be a cow" (express milk) for later consumption by my infant son. I have a few responses I use including the two joke ones above and "I'm going to pump" but also including answers that don't mention what I'm going to do specifically.
I've generally tried to make some reference to it because I do agree that it's a natural thing that women shouldn't be ashamed of. I'm lucky that my workplace has a nice space set aside for this purpose (even with legal requirements to do so, many offices do not or have places that are basically a closet).
This is merely an example, though - I'm sure that there are dozens of other similar subjects (medical issues or sexuality or religion) and the specific topic isn't really the crux of my question so please don't use this question as a place to debate breastfeeding's benefit.
I've seen articles like this one encouraging people to talk more about taboo subjects, with a list of recommended topics to talk about more but I think it's really focusing on actual conversations.
We’re attuned to issues that were once swept under the carpet, many of us accept and embrace different sexualities and gender identities, and thousands of people confront uncomfortable issues like sexism, racism, and gender norms, among other things, every single day. Humans have come a long way! Unfortunately, we still have a very long way to go. There are still a lot of taboo subjects out there that aren’t touched upon often enough, and we really need to start talking about them more.
The article mentions talking about them more but doesn't say whether such discussions actually cause any change in people's perceptions of the topics.
What I want to know is, do studies show that mentioning a "taboo" topic to someone has a "normalizing" effect in relation to that topic on those people? If it does, I'm happy to continue but if it doesn't, it may be better to stop risking making my friends and coworkers uncomfortable.