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To find the term "crunchy" irrationally irritating?

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FirstOfHerName Sun 09-Apr-17 13:11:27

I've seen a few posters on MN and people IRL describing themselves as "crunchy" recently, eg "I'm crunchy and baby led so..." (actually said by an acquaintance). When did it become a thing, and AIBU to find the term (and people who use it about themselves) slightly annoying?

Beardsareweird Sun 09-Apr-17 13:13:09

What does 'crunchy' mean? I hate 'cheeky' as in 'a cheeky beer' or 'a cheeky pizza'.

RJnomore1 Sun 09-Apr-17 13:13:31

I've never really understood it partly because it makes me think of crusties and I presume they're just not huge on personal hygiene.

It's not that though is it.

PNGirl Sun 09-Apr-17 13:14:54

I thought it came from "crunchy granola" - I quite like it! I live in a crunchy part of the SW and it's often used self-depracatingly.

TheWitTank Sun 09-Apr-17 13:15:44

I don't actually get what it means -is it like flakey? Or hippy?

Gallavich Sun 09-Apr-17 13:15:49

It's grim isn't it?

reallybadidea Sun 09-Apr-17 13:16:43

I seem to remember it being quite widely used when my children were small, about 15 years ago. So it just sounds a bit retro to me rather than irritating.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 09-Apr-17 13:17:13

I cringe so much when I hear it I almost turn inside out.

That said, I've only ever seen it used ironically on MN. But I recall there was a thread once by a 'crunchy' mother who went on to explain that she wore jeans to church and described herself as 'crunchy but wild'. It was just embarrassing really. But each to their own!

FirstOfHerName Sun 09-Apr-17 13:19:27

I think it's meant to describe a certain kind of baby wearing, organic eating, yogurt knitting, hippy earth mother type isn't it?

witsender Sun 09-Apr-17 13:21:04

It is, but normally in quite a derogatory fashion so I've never heard anyone use it to describe themselves.

LockedOutOfMN Sun 09-Apr-17 13:21:17

It reminds me of Cadbury's Crunchies or Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and makes me feel hungry for sugar.

FirstOfHerName Sun 09-Apr-17 13:23:16

I hadn't either witsender until hearing the "crunchy and baby led* comment, said with no irony at all.

redexpat Sun 09-Apr-17 13:24:14

Ive only ever seen it on mn in the aforementioned I wear jeans to church thread. YANBU.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Sun 09-Apr-17 13:24:29

Oh Vlad I remember that one - OP was crunchy and ker-ay-zee! My toes were curling so much I could scratch my heels with them.

It's basically lentil-weavery with a side-order of sticking it to the man, isn't it?

RJnomore1 Sun 09-Apr-17 13:24:44

Ah so it's quite similar to a crusty after all then. Except with babies.

ZaraW Sun 09-Apr-17 13:25:33

Never heard of it but the word tummy really irritates me when said by an adult.

Greystars Sun 09-Apr-17 13:25:55

I read an entire thing on "crunchy, silky and then scrunchy" parenting and at the extreme, the crunchy movement part it seems like very little parenting actually happens IMO.

It includes from what I can gather, not vacanating your children and letting them dictate everything, so they are just being "free-spirited" as they decide to run around a coffee shop and nearly burn themselves on someone's coffee.

Some of the bloggs by these parents make interesting terrifying reading

TiredCluelessMummy Sun 09-Apr-17 13:26:09

I'm not really sure why it's called "crunchy". I can see why the word itself might grate, although it doesn't grate on me. But I do think it's helpful (and just normal really) to have a word to describe a certain way of parenting. I guess I am probably about 70% of the way to being what people would describe as a "crunchy mum" and I bet you can take a good stab at the kinds of things I do with my kids without me having to spend 5 minutes explaining.

Eminybob Sun 09-Apr-17 13:29:39

I always think of it being a bit scuzzy, in a dreadlock wearing hippy kind of way. Like their clothes are so unwashed that they have become crunchy. I know that's not the meaning, but that's what I always think when I hear the term.

witsender Sun 09-Apr-17 13:29:46

Crunchy is from the old idea of dirty hippies isn't it?

I know lots of people like that (we home ed 😂) and am definitely on the crunchy spectrum somewhere I guess. But I tend to raise an eyebrow at anyone who declares themselves​ as anything tbh. 'Bubbly', 'crazy', 'unconventional', 'free-thinker', 'yummy mummy' etc etc.

TiredCluelessMummy Sun 09-Apr-17 13:29:49

Grey X post - that's basically where my 30% comes in. Absolutely we vaccinated. And we are hot on manners and behaviour. We just prefer to do blw and co sleeping etc. We're not much for strict routines because it doesn't suit us. Maybe I'm "scrunchy" instead.... I'll have to Google. Never heard of that.

BillSykesDog Sun 09-Apr-17 13:30:07

vladimir, I think of exactly the same thread. Where she thought her children had a right to behave exactly how they wanted in Church including throwing toys, shouting, reading out loud and climbing around the pulpit during services and anybody who didn't like, thought she should at least attempt to calm them or distract them or take them out when distressed was an evil unchristian bastard who was trying to exclude her children.

TizzyDongue Sun 09-Apr-17 13:33:49

I think it means they don't 'beautify' themselves - meaning no or little make up; would style their hair much beyond brushing, so wouldn't use hair straighteners or curlers; wouldn't go to get eyebrow wax or a Shellac; probably no stilettos nor are they followers of current fashion trends. When it comes to parenting they tend to be 'I Am Mother, Hear Me Roar' and 'Hands On Dad'.

Don't quite know why that makes them crunchy though. Fondness for granola maybe?

Greystars Sun 09-Apr-17 13:37:36

tired I wouldn't want to offend anyone, hope I didn't as it was a x-post, it was very much what I read was blogs on this movement and it was to the absolute extreme.

I think if you look down a list of things then most would do some of the things on a list of "crunchy parenting" but that's just normal parenting choices in my view. As with everything some people will take it to the extreme and what I read really was to the extreme and a recipe for disaster IMO.

gruffalo13 Sun 09-Apr-17 13:38:02

It's a reference to Crunchy granola. Which of course all hippies eat.
I would be thought to be crunchy 'ish'. I co-slept, breastfed until very late, natural drug free births, attachment parented.
But I did vaccinate, and never used amber beads.

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