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(The Mary Sue)   Eighth grader petitions Hasbro to make gender neutral Easy Bake Oven. After the way they handled the six-year-old's request for more girls in the Guess Who game, I'm sure they will have a convincing answer for this   (themarysue.com) divider line 28
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2012-12-05 10:10:18 AM  
Eighth grader using an easy bake oven? Does not fempute... My preschool aged daughter got one last year - I don't think this eighth grader is in the standard easy bake demographic.

/ Or is there a new way that kids get high these days that involve easy bake ovens?
// It seems implied in the name
 
2012-12-05 10:15:36 AM  

Elzar: Eighth grader using an easy bake oven? Does not fempute... My preschool aged daughter got one last year - I don't think this eighth grader is in the standard easy bake demographic.

/ Or is there a new way that kids get high these days that involve easy bake ovens?
// It seems implied in the name


Would it not be simpler for him to just use a real oven? Get this kid some cookbooks and decent ingredients for Christmas instead
 
2012-12-05 10:21:40 AM  
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/obligatory
 
2012-12-05 10:22:20 AM  
Duh, it's HasBRO.
 
2012-12-05 10:22:43 AM  
13 is old enough to cook, but yeah. I kinda wanted an EZ-Bake when I was a kid. (I do like to cook, always did want to.) But they were friggin' pink and my mom wouldn't hear of it.

Upshot, my mom started teaching me to cook. (!)
 
2012-12-05 10:23:07 AM  
Make one that doesn't use light bulbs that have been disappearing off the the store shelves.
 
2012-12-05 10:25:17 AM  
It's on behalf of her presumably-EZBake-aged little brother.
 
2012-12-05 10:25:33 AM  
I don't think it's the 8th grader who wants the oven. She is petitioning to get a gender-neutral version for her little brother who wants one and is offput by the "girly."
 
2012-12-05 10:26:24 AM  
No.

Sorry, they aren't going to redesign their product for the 5 boys who want one.

Besides, isn't this slightly hypocritical. Isn't the same kind of thinking that "cooking is a girls job" responsible for "pink is a girls color".
 
2012-12-05 10:26:34 AM  
You know who else was a man qand wanted an easy bake oven?
 
2012-12-05 10:26:36 AM  
Screw that. Bring back Derpy you farkers.
 
2012-12-05 10:26:41 AM  

Elzar: Eighth grader using an easy bake oven?


ArkAngel: Would it not be simpler for him to just use a real oven?


dv-ous: 13 is old enough to cook


I know it's not mandatory (or even customary) to RTFA, but come on.
 
2012-12-05 10:26:47 AM  

Attention Whore of Babylon: I don't think it's the 8th grader who wants the oven. She is petitioning to get a gender-neutral version for her little brother who wants one and is offput by the "girly."


Oh, look. Some one RTFA.
 
2012-12-05 10:27:02 AM  
OMG WE'RE GOING TO CATCH TEH GAYZ!
 
2012-12-05 10:27:25 AM  
Repeat of same article

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2012-12-05 10:28:15 AM  

ArkAngel: Elzar: Eighth grader using an easy bake oven? Does not fempute... My preschool aged daughter got one last year - I don't think this eighth grader is in the standard easy bake demographic.

/ Or is there a new way that kids get high these days that involve easy bake ovens?
// It seems implied in the name

Would it not be simpler for him to just use a real oven? Get this kid some cookbooks and decent ingredients for Christmas instead


She's petitioning on behalf of her 4-yo brother. I'd love to see Hasbro do this. I've always been annoyed with the "Shrink It and Pink It" mentality of toy companies. "Hey, girls like X toy that's marketed to boys. Let's make a girls' version!" No, idiots--just put a couple of girls on the packaging and in the commercials. That'll do the same damn thing.

/My brother had GI Joe dolls--sled dogs, trucks w/winches, space capsules, and diving gear.
//I was stuck with Barbies with inflatable furniture.
 
2012-12-05 10:28:15 AM  
I bought one for one of my sons a few years ago, and it wasn't pink. Can't remember what it looked like, of course, because he destroyed it soon after opening.

Sigh.

/ I just HATE it when they behave just as I did at their age.
 
2012-12-05 10:28:32 AM  

Elzar: Eighth grader using an easy bake oven? Does not fempute... My preschool aged daughter got one last year - I don't think this eighth grader is in the standard easy bake demographic.

/ Or is there a new way that kids get high these days that involve easy bake ovens?
// It seems implied in the name


She's petition Hasbro on behalf of her four year old brother, who wants to be a chef when he grows up but doesn't want a girly pink oven.

Personally, I think they should contact Food Network and have 'em put out a line of "junior chefs" gear. At four years old, a kid can start learning the basics of cooking with adult supervision.
 
2012-12-05 10:29:33 AM  
Publikwerks
Besides, isn't this slightly hypocritical. Isn't the same kind of thinking that "cooking is a girls job" responsible for "pink is a girls color".

Cooking is only a girl's job in the home. Only men are good enough to be restaurant chefs (allegedly). The solution here is to change the pink plastic to industrial steel, package it with a silly hat and slap some celebrity chef's face on the box.
 
2012-12-05 10:32:06 AM  

brigid_fitch: She's petitioning on behalf of her 4-yo brother. I'd love to see Hasbro do this. I've always been annoyed with the "Shrink It and Pink It" mentality of toy companies. "Hey, girls like X toy that's marketed to boys. Let's make a girls' version!" No, idiots--just put a couple of girls on the packaging and in the commercials. That'll do the same damn thing.


Not just "shrink it and pink it," but "downgrade the capabilities":
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2012-12-05 10:32:43 AM  

Bondith: Publikwerks
Besides, isn't this slightly hypocritical. Isn't the same kind of thinking that "cooking is a girls job" responsible for "pink is a girls color".

Cooking is only a girl's job in the home. Only men are good enough to be restaurant chefs (allegedly). The solution here is to change the pink plastic to industrial steel, package it with a silly hat and slap some celebrity chef's face on the box.


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Stainless steel with flames! Flava country brotha!
 
2012-12-05 10:32:48 AM  
FTA: "(On Hasbro's Website the Easy-Bake Oven is in the "Cooking & Baking Games for Girls" section. There's no equivalent section for boys.)"

Raising boys, I've discovered this over and over and over again.

Ya know, decades of struggling for equality hasn't done crap for women, people of color, homosexuals, etc.

When exactly do the aliens come to take us away?
 
2012-12-05 10:35:34 AM  
I want my Happycake oven!

/I'll slaughter them like a wolf among lamb
//The seas will run red with the blood of my enemies!!!
 
2012-12-05 10:40:49 AM  
My sons like purple. Not that this girl doesn't have a point. She really does.

But I'm trying to teach my kids that everyone can like any color they want to, also.
 
2012-12-05 10:41:00 AM  
The solution is simple - do it yourself. Hasbro isn't going to make the product less desirable to their core audience to appease a few people. So, do it yourself. Take the plastic shell off, or tape up where the food goes in, and get a can of olive drab paint. Paint the sucker green, or if your abitious, go for cammo.

Hell, get a stencil, and spray in yellow "Property of US ARMY. USA-01214-01B FIELD OVEN"
 
2012-12-05 10:43:57 AM  

Publikwerks: The solution is simple - do it yourself. Hasbro isn't going to make the product less desirable to their core audience to appease a few people. So, do it yourself. Take the plastic shell off, or tape up where the food goes in, and get a can of olive drab paint. Paint the sucker green, or if your abitious, go for cammo.

Hell, get a stencil, and spray in yellow "Property of US ARMY. USA-01214-01B FIELD OVEN"


So, rather than get rid of gender stereotypes, push it as hard as possible to the other extreme? I think you're missing the point.
 
2012-12-05 10:52:20 AM  

redqueenmeg: My sons like purple. Not that this girl doesn't have a point. She really does.

But I'm trying to teach my kids that everyone can like any color they want to, also.


Show them pictures of the Roman and Byzantine emperors decked out in purple, a colour nobody else was allowed to wear.
 
2012-12-05 11:28:25 AM  
My stepson asked for and received one year a "Queasy Bake Oven" which was essentially an Easy Bake with a green and purple paint job and gummy worms to adorn the cakes. Do they not make that anymore?
 
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