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Hairnets??? Really???

(14 Posts)
Wayfinder Mon 15-Apr-13 23:31:39

I was looking forward to reading the article about the launch of Gransnet Local in The Argus, but my spirits took a serious nosedive when I read the opening sentence:
"Grandmas are set to swap their hairnets for the internet as the website Gransnet launches two Sussex sites."
Words Fail me!!!
Many of us on GN rose up in verbal protest when the Telegraph accompanied their article with a photograph of an extremely aged woman. She may well wear a hairnet, but the general consensus was that she was in no way representative of the modern grandmother!
Let's have a think about this ...
How old does one have to be to become a grandmother for the first time? Pretty well anywhere between about 36 and 80 I would guess, but the average age is probably around 50. What does a 50 year old look like in 2013? I could list any number of youthful, fashionable, vibrant 50 and 60 year olds, and I betcha anything you like not one of them wears a hairnet. (Can you actually still buy hairnets?)
What do we have to do to stop the media resorting to totally outmoded and frankly outrageous images of older people today?
Shame on The Argus and The Telegraph, and every other paper that resorts to such sloppy and inaccurate imagery. It does nothing to portray Gransnet accurately or to promote it to modern grandparents.

JessM Tue 16-Apr-13 04:05:44

Can understand why you are furious. Even great grandmothers don't use hairnets these days, do they?

juneh Tue 16-Apr-13 06:37:10

Who ever referred to the grandma's in that frame sounds as as if they have a bit of a fear of getting older themselves. It's a very long time since I saw anyone in a hairnet, do they still make them? let alone wear them. Perhaps in a bakery?
Don't let it worry you, it is a minority view, nowadays the older woman is not something to be scoffed at. I suspect that article will cause a bit of an uprising. Good luck with your response which might be best placed on their letters page.
June from
Conwy Gransnetlocal

whenim64 Tue 16-Apr-13 08:22:26

Stupid journalist! But anyway, congratulations on your local Gransnet being up and running. Hope it's very successful smile

GUnan Tue 16-Apr-13 09:04:07

Ha ha! Am having my hair cut & coloured today by a hairdresser from Brighton.
He will be a bit annoyed to think that trendy him might be associated with grannies in hairnets! Though he does suggest (jokingly) I would benefit from a hairnet at night! I have very coarse and curly hair which simply has a will of it own so in the morning can be sticking up at all sorts of odd angles that only a hair wash will tame!

glammanana Tue 16-Apr-13 09:10:44

What a cheek are we all supposed to resemble Nora Battey and wear baggy stocking as well,I would like to see someone try and get all my long hair inside a hair net if they can they are a better person than

Noora Tue 16-Apr-13 09:39:30

Do they still sell hairnets? There is a tendency by many to lump 'older' people together, anything from 50+ to 80+ Think you'll agree there's a vast difference.

janthea Tue 16-Apr-13 11:18:37

Hairnets!?! Even MY mother didn't wear hairnets, she would have been horrified. She was 95 when she died 5 years ago and still had her hair styled.

GransMT Tue 16-Apr-13 13:19:31

I'm a 51 year old grandmother who became a grandma at the age of 47. It's such a shame when articles like these are spoiled by either unrepresentative images or ludicrous lines like this one.

Madrigal Tue 16-Apr-13 14:31:00

That's just lazy journalism, unthinkingly hanging an old cliche on a new story without pausing to think whether it's appropriate. I see it all the time in the regional press where young reporters aren't being properly trained. The Argus used to be a good start for journalists but they've let themselves down with this.

ummlilia Mon 22-Apr-13 20:25:33

three years ago I became a gran at 45.( my son was 24 )..and I am now still at the gates of the junior school with my youngest child who is only 9.. But come IS the Argus... wink

Wayfinder Mon 22-Apr-13 22:15:29

Hi ummlilia You're right about The Argus wink
Do you live in Brighton/Hove?
Your life must be filled with the buzz of small children smile
I have a friend who actually had her last child after she'd become a grand-mother!!

GinnyTonic Sat 27-Apr-13 05:33:26

Another child after becoming a gran! That's scary - but could be fun , too, I guess. I've just popped on here from "oop North" where the men wear the hairnets - in our famous bread factories !

Mads Mon 15-Jul-13 19:41:04

I get tired of how older people get portrayed, apart from Hairnets ( do they even exist) My hates ?
Those road signs showing two bent people with sticks.
Cartoons with so called funny remarks about the elderly.
The term Pensioner.
It only hit me when I reached a certain age and suddenly I have morphed into a different person.

Sorry about the rant!!