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To wonder why people without children post here?

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SomeoneStoleMyUsername Wed 05-Nov-14 19:15:55

How would you even find the place? I'd imagine they googled something and stumbled upon a thread and stuck around. Am I right?

AnyFawker Wed 05-Nov-14 19:16:45


I don't wonder why though

I have dc but I rarely talk about them on here

steff13 Wed 05-Nov-14 19:17:22

I have children, but I'm in the US, not the UK. I was directed here last Christmas by another site. I just stuck around.

meoverhere Wed 05-Nov-14 19:17:24

That was exactly how it happened for me (I joined pre-DC).

NatJon Wed 05-Nov-14 19:17:45

I have no children. I work
In a nursery and heard some mums talking about it. Came on to have a nosey and have been here since grin

DrankSangriaInThePark Wed 05-Nov-14 19:17:46

it's so refreshing being able to talk to non-Mummy-bores isn't it?

usualsuspect333 Wed 05-Nov-14 19:19:25

My kids are all grown up.

Shall I fuck off?

ShakeYourTailFeathers Wed 05-Nov-14 19:19:41

OP if you look about you'll find lots of posts that have nothing to do with children.

And yes - like others I stumbled upon it by accident, and stayed for the entertaining bunfights chatter

bobs123 Wed 05-Nov-14 19:19:49

I should imagine they join because we talk knowledgeably about such useful stuff - and not just about dc!

Coconutty Wed 05-Nov-14 19:21:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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shinysparklythings Wed 05-Nov-14 19:22:31

I don't have children yet but have joined pre ttc. I joined for advice and chat on ttc, pregnancy etc.

Mumsnet is well known - there are representatives on bbc news every now and then for example.

rembrandtsrockchick Wed 05-Nov-14 19:22:54

I'm here for the MiL I know what not to do.

SevenZarkSeven Wed 05-Nov-14 19:23:27

I rarely post about anything related to my children.

I expect people probably do find it through google. It's mentioned in the media a fair bit as well, and around things that aren't child related so people might take a look.

Some people who have come over from other sites in troll invasions sometimes stay as well.

EvilTiggyD Wed 05-Nov-14 19:24:03

In London you're never more than 10 feet from a Mumsnetter. It's a big famous site. Home of the Penis Beaker. It gets talked about.

QueenTilly Wed 05-Nov-14 19:24:27

Because the forum looked interesting, or because they saw Penis Beaker? Note I said "or" there, not "for example".

Perhaps they are TTC, childminders, nannies, nursery workers, or they simply came across AIBU?

SuzySuzSuz Wed 05-Nov-14 19:24:33

It's quite easy to find smile and not some secret club which needs a covert handshake and password to get in!
Some of us are trying to have children, regardless not all the popular boards are actually related to parenthood - relationships, chat, AIBU, Christmas, TV addicts and the litter tray are my favourites...

RainbowRabbit33 Wed 05-Nov-14 19:24:46

AIBU to wish the OP had done a quick search of the site and read one of the millions (OK, slight exaggeration) of threads on this subject?! smile

I didn't have DC when I joined, I came for advice on my MC. Then stayed for advice about the second. Then stayed just because I liked it.

80sMum Wed 05-Nov-14 19:26:12

The name is misleading (and a bit sexist). The talk section has taken on a life of its own and numerous threads are not child-related. My children are both in their 30s but I still think this forum is relevant to me.

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 05-Nov-14 19:27:01


SolomanDaisy Wed 05-Nov-14 19:27:13

Mumsnet is also very very good at being highly ranked in search engines and as lots of the posts are about parenting, it comes up a lot when people google non-parenting issues. It has lots of attractions that make people stick around - literate posters, simple layout, wide range of subjects, swearing allowed but -ism s generally not, female dominated space...

SolomanDaisy Wed 05-Nov-14 19:27:55

Lots of the posts are NOT about parenting, that should say.

ApocalypseThen Wed 05-Nov-14 19:28:11

I think it's rare to find a place on the Internet where the laydeez discuss such a wide variety of topics without the kind of harassment women often get. It's refreshing.

Vitalstatistix Wed 05-Nov-14 19:28:13

no, I don't.

Mumsnet is mentioned very frequently in the press. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that people without children come and have a look.

Considering that it is a massive site where everything under the sun is discussed, much of it nothing to do with parenting, it doesn't surprise me that people choose to stay.

I don't think you really have to be a parent to talk about tv shows, ask about recipes, get advice about your relationship, share jokes, talk about mental health, swap details about campsites, discuss different weight loss plans, debate feminism, ask advice about ebay, talk money matters, chat about chickens, dogs, cats, horses and rabbits, gossip about celebrities, enthuse about the world cup, swap travel tips...

Frankly, I am only surprised that more people aren't here! grin

EvilTiggyD Wed 05-Nov-14 19:28:41

And of course it's also in the public conciousness because Justine is an old media whore who'll throw herself in front of any TV camera she sees.

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