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Jezabel - should I take offence?

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Witco Tue 19-Mar-13 22:45:47

My daughter made her confirmation last week and I emailed a few photos to my MIL who replied that she looked like a Jezabel! I am trying hard not to take offence! She was wearing a knee length dress from Mango and a tailored jacket, no make up or jewellery. WTF? DH says I am over-reacting but I don't see how?

ZZZenAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 14:19:54

maybe back in the 1950s white would have been usual (when they wore those robes in red/white). Your dd sounds as if she was dressed the way most girls would be for it. Was the dress black maybe? That could be it, I suppose, still very strange comment. When I see group photos, the girls either have on trousers and a top or a dress, skirt with top. Quite a few seem to wear black.

I will be hard put getting my dd into a dress for hers so she will be one of those in trousers and a top.

Notmyidea Wed 20-Mar-13 16:20:25

that's a horrible thing to have said! I hope your mil has got muddled and wasn't intending to be malicious.

Witco Fri 22-Mar-13 22:29:16

Off to Devon in the morning to see what on earth Mil is on about. Lots of long walks I think!

DeepRedBetty Fri 22-Mar-13 22:32:32

I'd be angry if anyone called either dd a Jezebel. I remember one of my grannies used to use it a lot. Normally with 'painted' in front. A synonym for 'strumpet'.

QueenOfCats Fri 22-Mar-13 22:38:16

Not a nice comment at all. But it sounds like your dd wore something totally appropriate for the occasion from what you've said - I bet she looked lovely!

I would ignore (hard as that may be)

Ladies of a certain age don't approve of anything not down to the ankles or up to the throat anyway! grin

Slightly unrelated, I have a cousin called Isabel who DP called Jazabel for ages no matter how many times he was corrected - he was mortified when he found out what it meant grin

Fleecyslippers Sat 23-Mar-13 20:56:30

I would be beyond furious. Are you confident that she won't share her opinions with your daughter ?

Witco Wed 27-Mar-13 00:11:15

It turns out that DD was looking I Er her shoulder in one photo and that prompted the "looking like a Jezabel" remark. I told MIL that I thought it was a very strange thing to say about a young girl and that she was not to share her thoughts with DD under any circumstances. I felt better for that. Thanks for the support MNers!

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