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Mum blogger slammed for joking about ‘smashing husband’s face in’ for not doing chores

A MUM blogger has been forced to apologise after joking she would try to not smash her husband’s face in for not emptying the tumble dryer. 

Emma Conway, from the Brummy Mummy of 2 blog, was criticised for trivialising men’s experience of domestic violence. 

Mum blogger Emma Conway has come under fire for joking she would try to 'not smash her husband's face in' for chores
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Mum blogger Emma Conway has come under fire for joking she would try to 'not smash her husband's face in' for choresCredit: brummymummyof2/Instagram

Emma’s comment was made in her 16 New Year’s resolutions post, where she explained how her husband Stephen’s lack of help with chores left her frustrated. 

She wrote in the now-deleted post: “I will TRY and be tolerant when my other half doesn't empty the tumble dryer, offers no help whatsoever packing for holidays and when he lies in on another Saturday morning.

"I will TRY to not want to smash his face in. I said TRY."

Emma, who used to be a teacher, caused a stir among some of her 100,000 Instagram followers. 

Emma's comment may have not been meant seriously, but people criticised her for trivialising men’s experience of domestic violence
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Emma's comment may have not been meant seriously, but people criticised her for trivialising men’s experience of domestic violenceCredit: brummymummyof2.co.uk

Some said that “joking about domestically abusing your husband is not funny".

One wrote: “Absolutely disgusted you would post this.

"You seem very lucky to have Stephen in your life, maybe have a little bit of respect? He seems like he does a lot for you and your family."

Another added: “Bit much saying you'll try not to smash your husbands face in considering how many women and men have such awful home situations and come from domestic abuse situations... he seems like a good guy and you don't seem to take in how lucky you are!"

She included the sentence in her 16 New Year's Resolutions
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She included the sentence in her 16 New Year's ResolutionsCredit: brummymummyof2.co.uk

Meanwhile, another commented: “To... threaten violence to her husband for not completing a couple of the tasks which he does, and almost do so in a way which she appears to think is funny, is so concerning.

"Why is violence towards men normalised? If this is a private joke between her and her partner then that is one thing. But to publicise it on a blog which is no doubt monetised is deeply worrying.

"From memory I'm sure she started this blog to support mums. To promote a normalisation of domestic violence to her audience is appalling.”

Emma, who used to be a teacher, caused a stir among some of her 100,000 Instagram followers
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Emma, who used to be a teacher, caused a stir among some of her 100,000 Instagram followersCredit: brummymummyof2/Instagram

Emma, who has worked with brands like Alzheimers UK, Disney, CoLab dry shampoo, McDonald's and The Works, later apologised in her Instagram stories. 

She said: "It's been brought to my attention that a tongue-in-cheek blog post I wrote about the New Year's resolutions of a knackered mum offended some people.

"With travelling and the time difference, my team dealt with it the best way they knew which was to  immediately delete the post.

"I of course do not think domestic violence is funny. My writing is different to my social media. It's more character-based. I like to talk about the imperfections of marriage and raising kids.

Emma wrote an apology on her Instagram Stories
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Emma wrote an apology on her Instagram StoriesCredit: brummymummyof2/Instagram

"It's not literal that I try not to smash my husband's face in.

"I apologise if this was not clear to all my readers. And I am mortified that I have upset some of you.

"I'm continually learning in this job. Lots of love."

According to the Office of National Statistics, around 4.2 per cent of men and 7.9 per cent of women suffered domestic abuse in the UK during 2018.

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