Do YOU find this seaside postcard offensive? Mother is told to ‘get a grip’ after complaining a retro illustration of a woman and her ‘melons’ is sexist
- British woman shared a photo of the retro seaside postcard on Mumsnet
- Shows a man and a woman in a low-cut top at a watermelon stand
- She said she was ‘offended’ but was told to ‘get a grip’ and that she’s being ‘silly’
A woman was branded ‘over sensitive’ and told to ‘get a grip’ after she complained a retro seaside postcard was ‘sexist and offensive’.
Posting anonymously on UK-based parenting forum Mumsnet, the woman shared the illustration and explained it had been shared by an acquaintance on a WhatsApp group.
The image shows a nervous man approaching a woman with large breasts at a seaside watermelon stall. The caption reads: ‘Albert loves fruit – he’s been talking about gettin’ his hands on a nice pair of melons all day [sic]!’
The Mumsnet user wrote: ‘I find this really offensive. Am I being unreasonable?’
Posting anonymously on UK-based parenting forum Mumsnet, the woman shared the illustration (above) and explained it had been shared by an acquaintance on a WhatsApp group
The majority of comments disagreed with the woman, pointing out it is a bit of ‘harmless fun’ and ‘silly seaside humour’. Others said it muse be ‘exhausting’ being offended so easily
She later added: ‘It’s so smutty and it absolutely objectifies women. Maybe it hits a raw nerve with me particularly because I have large boobs and have had to put up with s**t like this (comments) my entire adult (and teenage) life.’
The majority of comments disagreed with the woman, pointing out it is a bit of ‘harmless fun’ and ‘silly seaside humour’. Others said it muse be ‘exhausting’ being offended so easily.
One poster wrote: ‘Look no further than this forum to find people being offended by absolutely anything and everything, so you are just following the fashion.
‘Unless it’s a caricature of some work colleagues against their will, then no, it’s not offensive. Why would it be.’
Dozens of viewers disagreed with the original poster and said the illustration wasn’t offensive
Another added: ‘Good grief. It just be exhausting putting full time hours into being professionally offended. It makes the man look like a sex pest. As though he can’t help himself but think of boobs when he sees a large breasted lady. Is that sexist against men?
‘If you find this daft, ooh-er matron nonsense offensive then I judge you as harshly as I judge people with this sense of humour.’
A third wrote: ‘Get a grip. It also makes men come across as completely brain dead. It’s not flattering to anyone. It’s a JOKE. We do not need to move away from anything.
Others said they found the illustration ‘funny’ and is at worst ‘naff and embarrassing’
‘I don’t find it funny, but that’s irrelevant. We need stupid jokes and the right to laugh about anything – just being mindful of the audience, not the content.’
The original poster received support from a handful of respondents, with one agreeing: ‘It is offensive because it was the underpinning of so much sexism in its time. Women are still excessively sexualised overall.’
A second user wrote: ‘ It’s outdated and totally inappropriate in 2020. I have also encountered a significant number of smutty comments about my sizeable breasts in the past and it does make me perhaps more sensitive to other who haven’t.
‘I entirely agree with you about this, OP.’
The original poster received support from a handful of respondents who said it is ‘revolting’