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Mumsnet user starts debate about working class markers

From a kitchen boasting an Aga and a healthy stock of avocados and quinoa to National Trust membership and a fondness for breton tops, the signposts of middle class existence are easily identified. 

But now a Mumsnet user has struck up a lively debate about the markers of being working class, after declaring herself fond of Center Parcs holidays, shopping at Iceland, and getting drunk at BBQs and singing karaoke.

Others agreed with her statements about cleaning your own house and allowing children to play out on the street, but said her holiday destinations of choice were too middle class and that only Butlins, Blackpool or a caravan will do.

Impeccably dressed children in matching outfits were another signifier, according to some, who insisted that middle class children are actually more likely to be in scruffy hand-me-downs.

Others said that identifying your three meals as breakfast, dinner and tea shows that you’re not middle class, as well as eating any or all of them in front of the TV – because you don’t own a dining table.  

Do you go on caravan holidays, shop at Iceland and dress your children in matching designer outfits. Then you're definitely working class according to a new Mumsnet debate (stock image)

Do you go on caravan holidays, shop at Iceland and dress your children in matching designer outfits. Then you’re definitely working class according to a new Mumsnet debate (stock image)

A mother has provoked a very entertaining debate about what makes you working class, citing getting drunk at BBQs and allowing children to play on the street

A mother has provoked a very entertaining debate about what makes you working class, citing getting drunk at BBQs and allowing children to play on the street

A mother has provoked a very entertaining debate about what makes you working class, citing getting drunk at BBQs and allowing children to play on the street

A fondness for KFC and an aversion to couscous makes you working class, according to this user

A fondness for KFC and an aversion to couscous makes you working class, according to this user

A fondness for KFC and an aversion to couscous makes you working class, according to this user

It's all about staying at the Premier Inn and doing your own cleaning for this Mumsnetter

It's all about staying at the Premier Inn and doing your own cleaning for this Mumsnetter

It’s all about staying at the Premier Inn and doing your own cleaning for this Mumsnetter

This woman declared that completing your family before 25 makes you working class, but disagreed with the original poster's comment about charity shops 

This woman declared that completing your family before 25 makes you working class, but disagreed with the original poster's comment about charity shops 

This woman declared that completing your family before 25 makes you working class, but disagreed with the original poster’s comment about charity shops 

Sandwiches with crisps and chocolate biscuits for tea and caravan holiday float this woman's boat 

Sandwiches with crisps and chocolate biscuits for tea and caravan holiday float this woman's boat 

Sandwiches with crisps and chocolate biscuits for tea and caravan holiday float this woman’s boat 

Apparently, the clue is in how you refer to your three meals a day 

Apparently, the clue is in how you refer to your three meals a day 

Apparently, the clue is in how you refer to your three meals a day 

Lurid hair bows by YouTube dance sensation JoJo Siwa on children apparently marks them out was working class

Lurid hair bows by YouTube dance sensation JoJo Siwa on children apparently marks them out was working class

Lurid hair bows by YouTube dance sensation JoJo Siwa on children apparently marks them out was working class

Children with pierced ears and mothers who love large hoop earrings all made the list 

Children with pierced ears and mothers who love large hoop earrings all made the list 

Children with pierced ears and mothers who love large hoop earrings all made the list 

Tea and a cigarette on the doorstep will let the neighbours know that you're not posh, according to one mother 

Tea and a cigarette on the doorstep will let the neighbours know that you're not posh, according to one mother 

Tea and a cigarette on the doorstep will let the neighbours know that you’re not posh, according to one mother 

Being vain and wearing a lot of make-up makes working class women stand out among drab middle class women, according to this commenter

Being vain and wearing a lot of make-up makes working class women stand out among drab middle class women, according to this commenter

Being vain and wearing a lot of make-up makes working class women stand out among drab middle class women, according to this commenter

This commenter disagreed that working class mothers shop in charity shops, and insisted that they are likely to spend huge amounts on birthdays and Christmas 

This commenter disagreed that working class mothers shop in charity shops, and insisted that they are likely to spend huge amounts on birthdays and Christmas 

This commenter disagreed that working class mothers shop in charity shops, and insisted that they are likely to spend huge amounts on birthdays and Christmas 

Cakes with photos on them and overspending on birthdays and Christmas

Cakes with photos on them and overspending on birthdays and Christmas

Cakes with photos on them and overspending on birthdays and Christmas

One woman proudly declared that she doesn't own a dining table and liked to eat her tea on a cushion on her knee 

One woman proudly declared that she doesn't own a dining table and liked to eat her tea on a cushion on her knee 

One woman proudly declared that she doesn’t own a dining table and liked to eat her tea on a cushion on her knee 

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