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to think MNHQ should know better than to feature photos of babies in headbands (preumably to denote female) on this site?

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bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:01:35

Of all places!

Come on HQ. Pull your finger out!

SF25 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:09:46

You what? hmm

Nan0second Sat 17-Dec-16 22:12:32

I agree that they're awful and we don't need a sign that a child is female. However everyone else will tell you that YABU

AliceInUnderpants Sat 17-Dec-16 22:14:22

Why? Apparent from headbands on babies being ugly on the majority of case I've seen, what heinous crime have they committed?

littleoysterslittleoysters Sat 17-Dec-16 22:14:25


AVirginLitTheCandle Sat 17-Dec-16 22:17:04

But if they don't wear headbands then people might think they're a boy.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:17:49

SF25 - the photo that captions Blog Of The Day on the right of your screen. "What if babies were on Facebook?" - four little babies in nappies sat around a laptop, two of them have white headbands on. Two with headbands on, two without. I wonder why?

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:18:52

Care to expand littleoysters?

AliceInUnderpants Sat 17-Dec-16 22:24:11

I'm guessing they looked for a stock photo of babies playing with a laptop and thought that was the best one for whatever reason. I don't think it's likely to be in anyway related to gender-stereotyping and/or feminism.

Maybe you should contact the photographer.

AliceInUnderpants Sat 17-Dec-16 22:25:52

Personally, I'd have picked this one, as she looks like she has her serious 'someone on the internet has pissed me off' face on.

MothersRuinart Sat 17-Dec-16 22:26:31


U2HasTheEdge Sat 17-Dec-16 22:26:54

Shock horror, one also has pink socks on!

Back in the real world, no one really gives a shit that a website uses a stock photo where two babies are wearing head bands.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:27:53

Yes, Alice, I'm guessing they looked for a stock photo of babies looking at a laptop and they should have known better than to choose that particular one.

If you can point me in the direction of how to contact the photographer, I will happily do so.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:29:26

Me and Nan0 do, so that's two of us.

HQ are behind Let Toys Be Toys aren't they? Why not Let Bald Baby Heads Be Bald Baby Heads?

Castleheights Sat 17-Dec-16 22:29:58

I have no fucks to give about this non issue

1stTimeMama Sat 17-Dec-16 22:30:59

I think I'm totally missing the point? What's wrong with girl babies being out in headbands?

AliceInUnderpants Sat 17-Dec-16 22:33:50

Can I also take issue with the fact that the visible nappies appear to be disposable? And none of them have cradle cap? Or glasses?

U2HasTheEdge Sat 17-Dec-16 22:34:02

Because some MN users have a bee in their bonnet over gender stereotyping MNHQ should agree with you and go along with it? Perhaps they actually don't give a shit about this issue.

Yeah, gender stereotyping is an important issue for many, but they might not care as much as you do and they don't need to pull their finger out because they posted a photo that some members don't like.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:34:33

Oh lord. Yes you are missing the point FirstTimeMama.

Ask yourself - why does a "girl baby" need to be embellished with a headband? And why do we, looking at that photo, need to know that two of them are girls and two of them are boys?

Hobnobbing Sat 17-Dec-16 22:34:44

Erm some people like to put headbands on their daughters, my DD doesn't look particularly girly and 99 times out of 100 doesn't wear a headband and doesn't wear girly clothes but I have the right to put one on her if the mood strikes.
Are we not meant to put them on baby girls nowadays so as not to offend people with too much time on their hands?

U2HasTheEdge Sat 17-Dec-16 22:34:59

It could be possible that the ones without headbands are also girls.

AliceInUnderpants Sat 17-Dec-16 22:36:51


Boundaries Sat 17-Dec-16 22:36:59

Headbands on babies are stupid. MN should not champion them.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 17-Dec-16 22:38:31

U2 don't be so reductive. Gender stereotyping is a really important issue (not a bee in a bonnet) and I understood (although clearly am wrong) that HQ were firmly against it.

The nappies and glasses argument just doesn't work Alice because both sexes wear both.

MrsJayy Sat 17-Dec-16 22:39:29

Baby girl in headband shocker you know some parents actually like bows and frills it is not a crime it does not demean girls and why do you think mumsnet of all websites is above showing babies in a hair band

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