Not a Mom - Just a Wino.....

I've been "grouped" again.

For "not being a mother."

There is a very good wine that I used to enjoy that was asking for written reviews, so I volunteered to do so. Soon after responding to their little e-mail survey I received a thanks but no thanks reply.

To quote:

" Thank you for your interest, but we are trying to market to a demographic that you are not a member of. We want to showcase our wines to mothers of small children that would like to enjoy a glass of our products after a hectic day of being a mom. Unfortunately we would be unable to publish your review. Thanks again, and please continue to enjoy our products!!"

Asshat Wine Company ( real name not mentioned to deflect lawsuits)


So I guess this means that mothers of teenagers can't drink your wine. Dads? You're screwed too. Gay and Lesbian parents with pre-teens ? Sorry, you're outta luck. Hell why don't yall just put a swastika on the bottle so Jewish people can't drink it? Better yet, how about a guy in a white hood, or a chihuahua, or a picture of a Vietnamese woman doing a pedicure. Shit let's offend EVERYONE who doesn't fall in your demographic !!!

I thought wine was for ANYONE of legal drinking age. Hell we had Boone's farm at the kid's table every Christmas ! One small glass per child please.

As you can tell I'm a bit peeved.

No, I'M NOT A MOTHER. I used to be a step-mom. I would have had kid's but when who would have been Baby-Daddy up and died on me that became a bit of a problem.

But I have nephews and nieces. Cousins. Friends who actually have REAL LIVE
BABIES! And many of these people DRINK WINE !! IMAGINE THAT !!!

Some of my best internet friends are bloggers with kids. Some are even "mommy bloggers". Some of them post about their kids a lot, but many of them post about dildos and dying one's nether regions blue and tattoos and what idiots their husbands can be and all kinds of normal everyday life stuff. So they can have wine , but not me. Bitches. ; )

So let's check this off shall we? Because I have no children, I can't drink _____ wine, can't get federal assistance to help me until Greg's will is probated, can't get Social Security til I'm 60, and I get asked by people don't I wish we'd had a baby so I would have something "to remember him by." Oh yes, that has happened. More than once.

I'm fed up with being looked down on because I don't have kids. Because I waited to find the love of my life before I started even considering it. It royally irks me.

And you know what's really bad?? Next year, at BlogHer 10, they'll probably be cool parties and events that I won't get to go to because I'm "not a mom." But my friends that are moms will get to go and I won't get to hang out with them !! ARGH !! I don't want the baby swag !! I just want to hang out with the people that live in my computer !!


Thanks for letting me rant. I'm off to take my barren uterus to the fridge for a Sam Adams. At least he still loves me.

And BTW, I am a mom. Here are my babies.


Bubblewench said...

You're too nice. I would have totally outed the wine company.

People like us are forgotten. But you know what the companies forget?


We are widowed/single/married/divorced women with no children. We have lives that include wine and 'expensive' (to a point)toys.

And we don't have the bills and expenses that go with raising a child.

I made a personal physical choice to not have children. My health will not allow it.

Does that make me less of a wineo? No, MORE of one because I have more time on my hands...

Some day, these internets people who have all the free crap, and review sites,etc, will finally find us, the niche, the ones that have a little teeny tiny bit of money that doesn't go to day care.

And if I piss anyone off w/this comment, that is not my intent. But it po's me that because I am childless, I am considered 'not worth it' to people such as this wine company.


Bubblewench said...

PS. Your furBABIES are beautiful and you can see they totally LOVE THEIR MOMMY! :)

Elizabeth said...

Awww, that was funny and sad. You have 2 of the cutest toddlers ever. I'm just curious as to why they think you can't have a hectic, frazzled day without little kids? Besides, those moms aren't going to see their commercials unless they advertise on Nickelodeon or The Disney Channel.

Sheila said...

I just want to punch them in the throat like, hardcore style. Seriously.

And you know what? I'm a mom and I hardly ever write about my kids because I'm too busy writing about how much I hate my job and sex toys and fancy stuff like that.

And also? We will have a kick ass party of our own at BH10 because I couldn't get into those parties either :)

GeekByMarriage said...

Woooooo let's get all the moms with small children drunk so they can blackout as the kids juggle knives.

I say out the bastards. They didn't care about hurting your feelings I say who gives a shit about hurting their business?!

Kim said...

Let me have a few glasses of their competitors wine later and I just might !! Thanks yall !!

ZenBitch said...

I can't tell you how many times I've been refused my thoughts on a product because I'm not a mom. It fucking infuriates me! Nevermind that I co-parent with my sister and have all but raised my niece and nephews since their toddler years! Shannon said it all! I think we need to start making our "demographic" more heard and start forcing these idiots to realize that just because we haven't pushed anything out of our nether regions doesn't mean our opinions are any less valuable. Stop discriminating against me just because I have really bitchy ovaries that refuse to work! I want to be a mom but seriously, how many times must we be slapped in the face??

TexasRaceLady said...

I hear you loud and clear, Kim.

I have the exact same problem.

Only, they don't want my opinion because --

a. I don't have a child at home


Krystle @snarkykisses said...

You're so right... however, I will tell you this... I didn't run into any of those problems at BlogHer this year. SO, let's hope next year we won't either. Or, then you and I and all the momless people will have to have a drinkypoo while those sessions are going on ;)

Rachel said...

That is so messed up. I don't have kids but I have nephews and a niece that I am with all the time I call them my kids - I am an aunt and I am helping to raise them just because they don't call me mommy doesn't mean I don't need wine after watching them as a matter of fact - i probably need it more because you know I let the kids do more then the parents do since I get to return them -

rachel said...

also i totally think you should out them and all non moms by choice should complain to them.
make them see that non moms have opinions also and like wine and can actually drink it w/out worrying about forgetting to pick the kid up or change it's diaper or feed it or something

BeautifulWreck said...

What a shit ass company. That sucks that has happened to you.

Steph said...

I'm also in the non Mom category, but maybe not forever. I've even had someone tell me that I'm getting too old to have kids because "by the time my kids have kids, I will be too old to play with my grandkids". Nice. I'll be 24 this month. I think I want to beat her with my cane.

sybil law said...

I'm a mom and I guarantee I wouldn't want to be in those BlogHer parties for moms - it would make me nuts.
but to be fair, no one said you can't DRINK the wine - they just said they didn't want your review. There are probably companies out there that would take your review, though, regardless of not having kids.
Either way, I'd like to make some fucked up review, like, 1st glass - mmm. Wine is easing headache. 2nd glass - daughter found scissors and cut dogs' ear. 3rd glass - Can't find children, but this wine shur is gooood.
4th glass - where is that screaming coming from? I need more wine..
And so on. Ha!

KBeau said...

Go ahead and tell us what the wine is. BTW, your babies are cuties.

Anonymous said...

I hate companies that try to market to niches, as if they really know who anybody is...why must there be distinctions, because there really aren't, we are all connected. The person who wrote that crap to you was probably a young, MBA-type who knows nothing about REAL life. Here is one of my favorite quotes for you:

"We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience. "
— Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient)

Beautiful Mess said...

GEEZ! That was rude of that wine company! How very closed minded of them. Not cool at all, Wine Company!

Coloradolady said...

It is hard to believe how stupid the company's marketing department is. They should all be fired. After all, money is money....coming from old moms, no moms, dad-mom's, spends the matter who it is.

Rat 'um out girl.....they deserve it for hiring idiots!!

Big Pissy said...

I'm in the same position as TexasRaceLady.

I'm sorry this happened to you, Kim.

I'd out them.

What idiots!

Momza said... I have Seven kids. Which one shall I pack up and send you??

So Not Wishy Washy said...

I want the name of the company. Email it to me. Please.

I did a post on my old blog last Mother's Day explaining how people are moms regardless of their uterine status.

The very fact that fucktards have mentioned how it would have been "nice for you to have had kids so you could remember your husband" is probably one of the biggest examples of idiocy I've ever heard.

In closing, I want the name of this wine fuckery. Please.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

First? E-mail me the name of this company. I will never drink their wine ever again. And I think you should have published their name. You didn't lie, you told the truth and it pissed you off and I think the bad publicity would have made them think twice.

And I agree with you 100%. I hate being marketed to as if I'm a commodity. Dude. I blog because if I didn't, I would explode from the useless crap in my brain. I'm not a mommy blogger, I'm just a blogger and why can't these companies understand that? We're just bloggers. All of us. Period. And we all have busy, hectic days, with or without children. And we all have something worthwhile to say and contribute.

OK. Done hijacking your comments. Love you! :)

Supa Dupa Fresh said...

As you know, I skipped the BlogHer parties this year, but I did look at them and there was all kinds of snobbery. The best parties did tend to be the big public ones so don't stress. We will have F-U-N no matta what!

I was surprised to see that "MommyBlogger" really meant nothing. Many of them were deep, and there were shallow people in all categories. Including in the marketing dept of said (unsaid) wine co.

Don't take them idiots personally!



Anonymous said...

Holy cow! What snits!

I assume their wine is better than their grammar,

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I think the asshat wine company needs a kick in the box - kim-style.

Lynda said...

Discrimination! That's what it is!

I like Sybil's comment. LOL!

Anonymous said...

I would also like the name of the company. There should not be a demographic group a wine company is appealing to other than 21+. I drink wine, I am a wife, I have a hectic life, who cares if I have kids or not. I love you Kim and your "babies" are adorable.