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The Media - Typical!!!

(12 Posts)
mollie Thu 12-May-11 07:21:11

There's an article over on the Daily Mail that is criticising Gransnet for being somewhere that reluctant grans come to complain. The writer has taken a few of our less rosy-tinted threads and made them the focus of the article...because we talked about dying our hair and all the things we do other than babysitting we are in denial about aging and should be ashamed not to be begging to have our grandchildren all the time!

I tried to comment but had problems logging on otherwise I'd have tried to balance things out... ooooooooh but it's got me so mad! I like this site and find it fun and supportive and very positive about being a grandma. But if I'd read that woman's piece a week ago I wouldn't be here now...


Joan Thu 12-May-11 08:21:52

The Daily Mail - I read it on line for a laugh at their right-wing, biased, exaggerated reporting. Then I calm myself down by reading The Guardian.

mollie Thu 12-May-11 08:40:39

You're soooo right Joan ... wink. I'm an Independent girl myself but I run through them all online just to balance out the opinions or 'facts' ... hahaha!!!

GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 12-May-11 09:38:54

I've tried to comment, too - but when I clicked on the link in my confirmation email I was told the action was forbidden...
No helpful HQ team trying to sort things out, either, as far as I can see.
All I was going to say was that the article seems rather confused, because there's loads of stuff on Gransnet about being a grandparent. Perhaps that was thought to be too inflammatory?

Joan Thu 12-May-11 10:16:52

No - that reporter clearly didn't want her important emotional issues distorting by facts!

Granmyth Thu 12-May-11 11:45:15

The DM article betrays all the old myths and outdated perceptions of the past. Today's grandmothers are re-writing the rules and many are simply regarding 'age' as no more than meaningless digits on a page.

I raised a family of four and then went off to Oxford, in my fifties to read for a Masters. It was tough to leave family and friends. But trudging off to lectures and 'pulling an all nighter', to finish an essay, was fantastic! I was exactly where I wanted to be, exhausted or not.Younger students often sought advice and counsel from us (the wise ones) as they called us.
In demographic terms, the population is ageing which will require a cultural and philosophical reassessment of what it means to grow older with wisdom and confidence. The old terminology really does not capture the vigour and confidence that imbue the new generation of revolutionary grandmothers who defy random definition.

BecauseImWorthIt Thu 12-May-11 11:57:21

You grannies should all Know Your Place. How dare you have an independent life? Get back into the kitchen and the nursery where you belong!

(Thank goodness I read the Guardian. I don't think my blood pressure could stand the Daily Mail)

mollie Thu 12-May-11 14:51:30

The writer claims to be a gran so shame on her for missing the point of this place...she took the easy route of picking a stand and ignoring the contrary evidence!

jangly Thu 12-May-11 17:04:16

Oh my god! What a stupid article! I know how the celebs feel now when they get a bashing in the press.

I'm going to go back and try and put that daft woman straight.

mollie Thu 12-May-11 19:02:42

Once more into the breach, dear Jangly... wink

Hattie64 Thu 12-May-11 20:55:35

The lesson to be learnt is don't read The Daily Mail, I too read the Guardian and ignore the rest. When I meet anybody who starts on about the state of this country etc. I always ask, are you quoting me The Daily Mail, if so please stop. I so dislike that newspaper, I was extremely pleased that Paul Dacre wasn't invited to the Royal Wedding.

Pandemonia Fri 13-May-11 11:04:52

I've posted my comments about this pile of poo in Am I Being Unreasonable. I fear that if I make any more comments I will go from merely being unreasonable to downright, choleric, rage. Which so isn't good for the soul.