To believe “wind the bobbin up” is inappropriate and to ask my child’s Nursery not to sing it.
coconuttella · 20/01/2018 20:35
Wind the bobbin up originated in the cotton mill towns of the north of England in Victorian times. As anyone who knows a bit about a bit history can tell you, the cotton mills were horrendous places which horrifically exploited women and children, forcing them to do dangerous work in appalling conditions for little pay.
How can it be right to trivialise these horrors by getting children to sing a light-hearted ditty about it... It’s offensive to the memory of all those who suffered these horrendous conditions and experienced serious injury or even death as a result of hideously exploitative working practices.
MimsyBorogroves · 20/01/2018 20:36
Which nursery rhyme would you prefer? They're all fairly dark.
Mulch · 20/01/2018 20:36
I always thought it was good for hand eye coordination. Luckily nobody in my play groups have suffered flashbacks from cotton mills.
Enidthecat · 20/01/2018 20:37
Isn't ring a roses about disease?
I can't get upset about it personally.
ChairoftheBored · 20/01/2018 20:37
Eh? I think you might be looking a little too hard for something to be offended by...
Alloftheboys · 20/01/2018 20:37
Nobody tell her about 3 blind mice - abuse of disabled animals. 🐭 🐭 🐭
Cherrycokewinning · 20/01/2018 20:38
This is brilliant OP. Anyway as a PP said all nursery rhymes are dark and usually much darker than that- jack and Jill is about 2 children being killed after all
FoofFighter · 20/01/2018 20:38
Ring o roses is far worse.
As long as something isn't overtly racist by today's terms then personally I think it's fine, it's our heritage.
SumThucker · 20/01/2018 20:38
You've GOT to be taking the piss. No way does anyone think shit like that, Shirley?
000bourneFarm · 20/01/2018 20:38
Hey, don't take it too seriously folks. It's probably the Daily Mail looking for something for Monday.
Crazy thing is some posters will come out in support!
wonkylegs · 20/01/2018 20:38
Loads of nursery rhymes have darker pasts... www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150610-the-dark-side-of-nursery-rhymes
RaindropsAndSparkles · 20/01/2018 20:38
Attishoo, attishoo was about the plague. It's part of our heritage.
I think you need to get over yourself. Use it to discuss history constructively with your dd.
Blankscreen · 20/01/2018 20:38
I don't think nurseries are glamourising the work.
It's just a nice song for children to learn the actions to.
Surely most traditional nursery rhymes can be interpreted in less favourable way.
Yous re over thinking this.
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