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to think MN should get into the 21st Century instead of pedalling sexist shite?

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SpartaCarcass Wed 24-Feb-16 18:01:04

Massive sigh at the 'Mumsnet swears by' email. Suggestions for Mother's Day presents:
Scented shitey formaldehyde polluting candles
Hair brushes!
Cookery Book
Perfume
A coat
Bath shit stuff
Hand cream, nail varnish, flowers, shite....
Maybe some books mentioned if you look hard enough.

So that's all you can think of?? Looking pretty, cooking and smelling nice afterwards??

Can you seriously not think of something less 1950s?
I went back and looked at suggestions for Father's Day presents - and while they are still stereotyping they at least look a bit more "fun":
Whiskey, Game of Thrones Box set, pans (wow! irony?), craft beer and Stephen Fry book.

How about celebrating your mother being a person? Not some domestic goddess serf mashup.

Oh and don't get me started on the blaze of sexist shite cards - paraphrasing "Mummy thank you for cooking, cleaning and wiping my arse for the last fifteen years - here have a "day off" and smarten yourself up a bit"

/end rant

Katenka Wed 24-Feb-16 18:04:07

I am getting a head guard for kick boxing. Thankfully my kids and dh know me well enough to not get me anything off that list.

BeyondBootcampsAgain Wed 24-Feb-16 18:13:40

Gotta agree. Though mothers day ranks only slightly higher than the utter wank that is valentines in the beyond household

Itsmine Wed 24-Feb-16 18:16:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RustyBear Wed 24-Feb-16 18:24:43

Can't see any bikes on that list...

SurferJet Wed 24-Feb-16 18:27:43

What would your suggestions be?

LittleBearPad Wed 24-Feb-16 18:28:23

I like candles, bath stuff etc. I don't like GofT and wouldn't want whiskey or a Stephen Fry book (tedious man).
They are dull options but if your children need MN to suggest presents then thru don't know you well anyway.

SaucyJack Wed 24-Feb-16 18:31:39

I don't want a Game of Thrones box set.

Cos I got it for my birthday last year....

BillSykesDog Wed 24-Feb-16 18:32:17

In fairness if my DH suggested to the DC getting me a toolkit or a drill or something for Mother's Day, the first thing I'd test it on would be his scrotum. Maybe Mumsnet has a similar fear?

TimeToMuskUp Wed 24-Feb-16 18:35:15

Last year DH and the DCs got me a workbench for the garage for Mothers day. MIL was here when I opened it and laughed like a drain, thinking I'd go batshit. I love it. Best gift ever. Sometimes you just have to think a little about what the person really wants/needs, not listen to the cliche'd peddlings of MN.

BastardGoDarkly Wed 24-Feb-16 18:35:41

If I get anything more thoughtful than flowers I'll be delighted. Mind you, I'll be delighted to get flowers too <easy pleased>

UmbongoUnchained Wed 24-Feb-16 18:36:03

But those are the things I'd like...

ShareefDontLikeIt Wed 24-Feb-16 18:37:55

I love flowers and bath shit, but yes in general, OP- agreed.

I'd like books and booze grin

Wombatinabathhat Wed 24-Feb-16 18:38:24

YABU. I wouldn't mind the stuff on the list

JessieMcJessie Wed 24-Feb-16 18:39:49

Ha ha you beat me to it Rusty grin

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Wed 24-Feb-16 18:42:11

YABU. Not everything is a feminist battle, you know. Those things are on the list because a lot of people would genuinely enjoy receiving those gifts, myself included.

SpartaCarcass Wed 24-Feb-16 18:42:26

blush formatting fail! Should have been /rant

katenka - great present!

Surfer for me? Aww thanks - I have a list .... start with the spicy Bacardi - Carta Fuego - bloody gorgeous!
Or a scooter from Decathlon (I have the lust for it), or a lamp in the shape of a full moon, or glowing stars to stick on my ceiling, or any old caramel chocolates, or a decent book, or a new board game, or a day trip out for a walk somewhere I've not been, or any number of not cleaning related shite things.

FeelingFine89 Wed 24-Feb-16 18:47:29

Are women not allowed to enjoy cooking, like smelling nice, enjoy doing their hair and makeup because that isn't what feminists want them to enjoy?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 24-Feb-16 18:48:58

We don't celebrate Mother's Day in my house because we don't buy into the commercialised claptrap advertising machine.And also because I refuse to be defined as a mother. Perhaps you should try that OP instead of whining and seeing the patriarch influencing every little gesture....
Ps, you need wax tart melts not candles. Last much longer.

Sparklingbrook Wed 24-Feb-16 18:49:45

Have you emailed MNHQ and told them your thoughts?

meditrina Wed 24-Feb-16 18:50:03

I've just got an Ocado email with Mothering Sunday offers.

First up - litre bottle of Bombay Sapphire

Perhaps MNHQ staff have defected?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 24-Feb-16 18:50:19

How come caramel chocolates are feminist approved but other kinds not then? How does that work?

acasualobserver Wed 24-Feb-16 18:51:53

For info: peddling.

Sparklingbrook Wed 24-Feb-16 18:53:59

How is 'a coat' sexist?

OldCrowMedicineShow Wed 24-Feb-16 18:54:17

I received mine in advance - a 5 1/2 kg SDS hammer drill and some nice soap. Now I can demolish a wall and smell great doing it.

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