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I don't know if this belongs here or in Site Stuff but I just want to say how disappointed I am that Mumsnet more and more resembles a so-called Womens Magazine ...

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Mintyy Fri 06-Jun-14 09:07:37

Is it just me or is there a definite creeping-in of the sort of features I used to read in Marie Claire when I was in my 20s?

How to get a nice tan, how to do a perfect manicure, how to get a beach-ready body. Louise Mensch and her friffing fashion blog. That awful campaign from Boots last year. And now we have someone promoting their diet book saying that it is a kick-start to the big "reveal" in the summer (she means getting into your swimming costume).

Don't like.

meditrina Fri 06-Jun-14 09:17:59

It's a big site. There's space for all sorts of threads.

I know that sounds a bit dismissive, but it is here for all users and whatever people want to talk about.

tethersend Fri 06-Jun-14 09:19:30

I agree.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 06-Jun-14 09:23:22

You don't like it. Obviously other people do.

tethersend Fri 06-Jun-14 09:25:14

I agree with Mintyy, I mean.

Nocomet Fri 06-Jun-14 09:27:02

Use the mobile site and never visit the home page then you never see any of it.

MN have to make a living.

OfficerVanHalen Fri 06-Jun-14 09:27:10

I agree too. Add in all the shaggy dog stories and it's like Take a Break.

Nocomet Fri 06-Jun-14 09:27:12

Use the mobile site and never visit the home page then you never see any of it.

MN have to make a living.

CoteDAzur Fri 06-Jun-14 09:31:19

I never visit the homepage, either. You don't have to.

I agree, though, MN does play the numbers game and cater to the lowest common denominator. Have you seen the books they give away in the Adult Fiction topic and the authors they invite for web chat?

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 06-Jun-14 09:38:10

Oh sorry, thought you meant on threads, I normally only use the app so didn't realise you meant the stuff on the homepage.

Mintyy Fri 06-Jun-14 19:28:32

Yes, things on the Home Page. And also, some of the threads. Today we are being urged to try the Fast Beach Diet (a book by Mimi Spencer) about getting yourself in an acceptable state to undress on a beach. It makes me really cross, the more I think about it.

Her introduction is all about the insecurities of wearing a swimming costume in public. Isn't the healthy thing to do is overcome those worries and fears and wear whatever you feel comfortable in to swim, not fret and feel guilty until you have dieted yourself down to an acceptable shape?

Or am I kidding myself?

Mitchy1nge Fri 06-Jun-14 19:35:38

god that fucking 500 calorie a day diet thing is like a beginner's guide to an eating disorder

weatherall Fri 06-Jun-14 19:42:45

There are a lot more sponsored threads stuck at the top than there used to be.

I also think there are more sahms than before.

whatever happened to Xenia?

Mintyy Fri 06-Jun-14 19:43:59

Wtf have sahms got to do with anything?

UrsulaBuffay Fri 06-Jun-14 19:45:53

Agree. Posters can post it but MN endorsing it is disappointing

weebarra Fri 06-Jun-14 19:48:09

I agree. Tis bollocks.

Tweasels Fri 06-Jun-14 19:59:04

I agree. I get that some people might be interested but there's tons of shit like that in magazines and on other websites.

There are loads of threads in S&B and weight loss for those interested parties to 'opt in' to. I'd like to see the rest of the site adopt a feminist position. We should be normalising self acceptance and self esteem and woman not having to look or be what society has historically demanded them to be.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 06-Jun-14 20:06:31


You have a point and don't like some of what you have read/seen.
I wouldn't read the dieting bikini stuff either and haven't seen the homepage and what you are talking about.
Just avoid it and then you can choose what you want.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 06-Jun-14 20:08:56


wtf are you on about. What does sahm have to do with it.
I would imagine its more to do with the time of year and holidays fast approaching.

WastingMyYoungYears Fri 06-Jun-14 20:15:27

I usually use the mobile site, but went to the homepage recently and thought it exactly the same thing. It's pretty disappointing.

WastingMyYoungYears Fri 06-Jun-14 20:16:03

Oh, I mean I usually use the app. Which is rubbish btw confused.

CrotchMaven Fri 06-Jun-14 20:16:18

I think maybe site stuff would be a good place for your op.

I think lots of posters on here are quite philosophical about mnhq's feminist position.

WastingMyYoungYears Fri 06-Jun-14 20:18:43

Can you expand on that CrotchMaven?

Goblinchild Fri 06-Jun-14 20:19:46

Well, yes. The problem with a site like MN is that ordinary people post on it, with their mainstream views and their shallow concerns.
Bit like me wishing that schools were only full of children who were enthusiastic, polite and eager to receive my pearls of wisdom to treasure.
Are you suggesting that there should be a ruling body, decreeing what is worthy of posting and what is not? Or a test, so that those unworthy can be blackballed? That MNHQ should refuse certain advertising revenue on the grounds of being banal?
I hide a huge number of tedious topics, from S&B to holidays and primary education. I also appreciate when people give enough information in the thread title for me to decide whether to bother opening it. There must be others who adore the 'How to be a Babe' stuff and read it. Otherwise the advertisers would go elsewhere, wouldn't they?

CrotchMaven Fri 06-Jun-14 20:22:33

Not really, WastingMyYoungYears, without derailing. Let's just say that there is no money in frightening the horses.

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