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To wonder why people on Mumsnet keep accusing each other of being a man?

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DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:07

I don't understand it at all.

I also don't like the way it tends to be attached to unpopular opinions or posts that others find unsavoury and what this implies about men. I mean, I wouldn't like to read a bunch of men 'accusing' each other of being a woman pretending to be a man.

Can anyone shed any light?

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ChickensHaveNoEyebrows · 13/05/2011 18:08

I haven't noticed this. Where?


iEmbarassedMyself · 13/05/2011 18:09

Do you mean the hairy trucker references?


said · 13/05/2011 18:10

I must admit, there are some posters who I think of as having a "male" style (which is me stereotyping, I do realise). They seem more detached, somehow.


MoreBeta · 13/05/2011 18:11

No I haven't noticed either. Although I rather worringly did notice a poster admitting he was man today - who I had assumed was a woman ever since he/she joined. Grin


ZZZenAgain · 13/05/2011 18:11

some Mners are men


DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:12

No, it often happens on threads about a fight with a husband where a poster agrees with the husband. Other examples include a less popular opinion stated on the likes of maternity leave.

They get asked "are you a man?"

It seemed to stop for a bit, but have seen another few this week.

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ZZZenAgain · 13/05/2011 18:12

me too morebeta. I have assumed for yonks that someone was a woman until I noticed that person saying he is a man


DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:13

I know some posters are men. I just find the 'accusing' style in which it is asked a bit sexist.

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ZZZenAgain · 13/05/2011 18:13

yes see what you mean but can't say I've noticed it here


Punkatheart · 13/05/2011 18:14

I don't know what you mean.

(adjusts voice to higher pitch)


GypsyMoth · 13/05/2011 18:14

yes,just seen it on the sock thread.....


AmazingBouncingFerret · 13/05/2011 18:15

Daisy... Are you a man??



carminaburana · 13/05/2011 18:16

I have noticed this too - quite a lot actually



Punkatheart · 13/05/2011 18:17

(Checks lady bumps)

Nope. I am a woman.


ohnoshedittant · 13/05/2011 18:17

I've seen it on feminism, someone disagrees with the consensus and then someone comments 'well you're obviously a man'...


crazynanna · 13/05/2011 18:17

I could understand the occasional confusion,after all,I have more balls than most of the men I know.Wink


carminaburana · 13/05/2011 18:21

Anyone who isn't a total pushover is a man - anyone slightly anti - feminist is a man, anyone who is basically strong minded is 'a man'

Terrible sexism


DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:26

Glad some others have noticed!

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Punkatheart · 13/05/2011 18:26

This is all nonsense. Anyone who has a willy is a man, surely?



MoreBeta · 13/05/2011 18:28

*Daisy - I couldn't help but notice this telling phrase in your OP

"Can anyone shed any light?"

A shed with a light. Only a man could think of that. You are a man aren't you?


DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:30

Well, I do enjoy DIY, but last time I checked both were X chromosomes!

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EggyAllenPoe · 13/05/2011 18:31

i thought it was troll-hunting of a sort..


DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 13/05/2011 18:32

But why does troll=man?

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AgentZigzag · 13/05/2011 18:37

'I'm Brian, and so's my wife' Grin


ObiWan · 13/05/2011 18:38

People are sometimes suspected of being men.
Sometimes they are suspected of being trolls.
I was on a thread earlier where a poster was suspected of being several people. Or several posters were thought to be one person. Not sure how that worked out.
It's all good fun, and usually just a lighthearted way of pointing out something slightly wonky in their argument.
I guess some posters who are known to be men will be accused of being women at some point Grin

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