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M&S trousers 'less work for mum!' REALLY??

(39 Posts)
CheeryName Thu 10-Jul-14 16:01:12

I was about to buy these:

When I looked at the description:

'Sealed Hem - reinforced hem stays up for longer, so that's less work for mum!'

Gosh what lucky mums we are. I especially love the cheerful exclamation mark.

CheeryName Thu 10-Jul-14 16:02:08

Realised I didn't ask AIBU. erm... AIBU to think this is shit of M&S?

EleanorHandbasket Thu 10-Jul-14 16:03:15


EleanorHandbasket Thu 10-Jul-14 16:04:01

I have never sewn a hem in my life and I'm 34 and a mother of 3.

<hands back Mum badge>

EleanorHandbasket Thu 10-Jul-14 16:04:35

In fact MY Dad does all my sewing on of badges and shit.

lagoon Thu 10-Jul-14 16:05:16

I haven't a clue either I use that iron on tape stuff or ummmm get my own mum to do it, oh the shame.

CatsCantTwerk Thu 10-Jul-14 16:05:33

It doesn't actually say that. It says 'makes life easier for mum'.

I dont sew so anything that will make my life easier I am happy with grin

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Thu 10-Jul-14 16:06:18

Can't say that it bothers me much. Even in these supposed times of equality most chores like that fall down to mum. Even if mum doesn't see them herself she's likely to take them to the dry cleaner or tailor to have them adjusted.

CatsCantTwerk Thu 10-Jul-14 16:06:30

Sorry, I have just seen further down where it says that.

phantomnamechanger Thu 10-Jul-14 16:07:12

I hate sewing

wonderweb is my friend, and iron on name tapes - sorted!

Bit crap of M&S to be so sexist, to answer OP, YANBU

It does say "Sealed Hem - reinforced hem stays up for longer, so that's less work for mum!" if you click on the More Info tab.

FFS. Why does this tripe get trotted out year in, year out. Work for Mum. Nice one M&S.

DH does any sewing in this house, voluntarily. Not because he thinks he's helping me with my "work" either.

BeCool Thu 10-Jul-14 16:10:34

well I won't be buying uniform from M&S this year!

JeanSeberg Thu 10-Jul-14 16:12:17

I've complained via their website.

Everyday sexism.


KnappShappeyShipwright Thu 10-Jul-14 16:17:51

Unbelievable. Glad to see gender stereotypes are alive and well.

affinia Thu 10-Jul-14 16:22:44

FFS M&S DH does all the ironing in our house, including ironing on wonderweb on the shitty weak hems M&S specialise in. Less work for PARENTS means going elsewhere to buy trousers with hems that don't fall down after a week.

Alongside the casual sexism, they are admitting their trouser hems are generally shit!

beccajoh Thu 10-Jul-14 16:26:59

I tweeted them. Depressing.

AdoraBell Thu 10-Jul-14 16:31:04


My DH has a couple of sewing machines and I get stuff hemmed or altered at the place in the shopping centre. It's cheap heregrin

foreverforaging Thu 10-Jul-14 16:44:12

It does grate a bit. It was probably written by an unpaid graduate intern.

Yesterday they were complaining that sales were down due to their new website. Maybe they should study the content a bit more closely. Not every mother is a 1950's housewife.

FreeSpirit89 Thu 10-Jul-14 16:45:56

I'd probably wind up sewing myself to the garmet instead of fixing it.

Hangs head in shame sad

Joysmum Thu 10-Jul-14 16:50:16

Wouldn't be any less work for me, it'd save money though as we wouldn't have to pay out for alterations or to buy new.

I'm very impressed with those who sew, male or female. Unless it's glue or a stapler I don't do it!

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 10-Jul-14 16:54:34

It does suggest that previous trousers that have not had reinforced hems were expected to fall down and require sewing.


tobysmum77 Thu 10-Jul-14 16:56:41


Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 10-Jul-14 17:01:34

I am shit at sewing. DH is better at it so does it. I also hate ironing.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 10-Jul-14 17:14:07

If enough people tweet about it they'll remove it and there'll be an apology.
Can't believe anyone in their right mind would think that was acceptable though - shame on them! Talk about alienating your target market...

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