I mean. Would this be so bad? Can you imagine a baby so considerate that he considered the feelings of his mother’s nipple? I mean – this feels like a whole different issue than his behavior with Hamlet.
Like, baby Osric checking in with his mom, like, “Dear Mother, would you mind very much if I fed from your breast now?”
Whereas Osric’s real issue is that he embroiders the facts and is socially awkward in building up the wrong people in status sensitive situations.
I can’t help feeling that this line rather reverberates with misogyny. I mean, the mother’s nipple is entirely disembodied and belongs to her son.