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(KTAR Phoenix)   On one side of the internet there's a mother who lets her son wear pink, zebra-striped shoes to school. On the other side, a top chef demands that Hasbro make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven to encourage more boys to cook   (ktar.com) divider line 203
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2012-12-13 11:48:02 AM  
I see an exercise video in the future!
 
2012-12-13 11:48:05 AM  
A boy wearing pink shoes to school is one thing. Turning it into a media frenzy is another. Both stories sound like immature adults using their kids so they can feel self-righteous.
 
2012-12-13 11:48:38 AM  
Eww
 
2012-12-13 11:49:26 AM  

moothemagiccow: MycroftHolmes: At most, his choice of fashion could be his way of announcing his orientation, but he is probably too young for that to be the case.

Oh my god it's a farking pair of shoes


I get that. I am trying to decouple the idea that 'pink clothes=gay' by pointing out that there is no intrinsic link between the two. My point is that at most, some people use fashion to express their orientation, but that this likely not the case here. I am actually agreeing with people who are saying that this is no big deal, while still acknowledging the reasons why some people associate certain fashion with orientation (note: correlation does not equal causation).
 
2012-12-13 11:51:55 AM  
Not one mention of the giant gaydos in the header?
 
2012-12-13 11:52:06 AM  
I thought we were supposed to be getting away from the whole "pink is for girls" thing. Isn't that sexist or something?
 
2012-12-13 11:52:43 AM  

Bondith: CheekyMonkey: Bondith: tallen702: This is just anecdotal by all means, but in my experience, guys wind up cooking in my generation waaaay more than women do. Every couple I know in the 26-35 year old range right now, the boyfriend/husband is the one doing the cooking while the girlfriend/wife needs directions on how to brown meat (true story).

An ex of mine made me do all the cooking and cleaning, then biatched at me for not being a man.

"Made" you?!?

\she's right - you aren't a man if anyone can "make" you do all the cooking & cleaning

She wasn't going to bloody do it, and I was hungry. It's also hard to say know when it's phrased like "Could you make your pasta primavera? I really really like it."

Besides, every man has a point at which he just gives in to make the whining and shrieking stop.

/I have since realised that the correct response to biatchiness is not spineless acquiesence but rather "If you don't like who I am, the door's over there."


Now you're a man.

\Also acceptable would be "I cooked, you clean".
\\that's the division of labor that works for my GF and I
 
2012-12-13 11:54:49 AM  

ElusiveWookiee: [upload.wikimedia.org image 281x215]

I had this "easy bake oven" when I was a kid, and it kicked ass.


Hell yes!
 
2012-12-13 11:55:10 AM  

vudukungfu: CheekyMonkey: More parents people should do this sort of thing.


Kinda hard to teach your kids to cook if you aren't a parent, no?
 
2012-12-13 11:56:03 AM  
 
2012-12-13 11:57:05 AM  

CheekyMonkey: Bondith:
/I have since realised that the correct response to biatchiness is not spineless acquiesence but rather "If you don't like who I am, the door's over there."

Now you're a man.

\Also acceptable would be "I cooked, you clean".
\\that's the division of labor that works for my GF and I


My current girlfriend is stable, sensible and amazing. The ex was legally an adult, but emotionally a spoiled child.
 
2012-12-13 12:02:50 PM  

Bondith: Bondith:

I may not have quite caught up with the times yet. Pretend I was speaking in past tense like your comment below.

It should be obvious that men will continue to comprise the majority of professional cooks for the same reason they have always done so: they generally have more upper-body strength than women, which allows them to better handle the heavy lifting that cooking for large numbers of people demands.

 
2012-12-13 12:06:23 PM  

CoonAce: Bondith: Bondith:

I may not have quite caught up with the times yet. Pretend I was speaking in past tense like your comment below.

It should be obvious that men will continue to comprise the majority of professional cooks for the same reason they have always done so: they generally have more upper-body strength than women, which allows them to better handle the heavy lifting that cooking for large numbers of people demands.


Best. Chef. Ever.
nerdrepository.com
 
2012-12-13 12:11:05 PM  

Mr. Titanium: What's the point of starting production of a "male-oriented" Easy-Bake Oven? Won't all Easy-Bake Ovens be worthless when the light bulbs are no longer available?


The new ones dont use a lightbulb.
 
2012-12-13 12:16:16 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
No, no, no children. Easy Bake ovens are for girls. Let me sing you a little song about it.
 
2012-12-13 12:17:01 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-13 12:18:19 PM  

Sybarite: I had no idea how much the Easy-Bake Oven had changed.

[media.bonnint.net image 512x286]


that's crazy

this is what we had as kids

www.ilovethe80s.com

i remember trying to burn stuff with the lightbulb... didn't work, also tried making grilled cheese sandwiches... didn't work, i think i eventually broke the thing, can't remember honestly i broke every toy growing up (probably why my parents never got us video games...)

CoonAce: Bondith: Bondith:

I may not have quite caught up with the times yet. Pretend I was speaking in past tense like your comment below.

It should be obvious that men will continue to comprise the majority of professional cooks for the same reason they have always done so: they generally have more upper-body strength than women, which allows them to better handle the heavy lifting that cooking for large numbers of people demands.


well commercial cooking and residential cooking are worlds apart... it's like comparing maintaining a flower bed in your back yard to maintaining a golf course
 
2012-12-13 12:19:54 PM  
Sexual orientation is a choice.

A child under the age of reason can not make a choice of sexual orientation.

That's the gayest little boy I've seen since I was a child and ***** always had to be Mother when we played house.

Let the cognitive dissonance games begin!

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

The only mystery now is whether he wants to be a transvestite, a transexual or a queen when he grows up. I'm guessing Disney Princess or possibly mermaid.
 
2012-12-13 12:20:08 PM  

HailRobonia: tolallorti: So if you moved to Alaska, you'd be practically heterosexual in the winters, but The Duke Gaylord Supreme in the summer? And I guess if you live on the equator you're Bi or something. That's pretty neat.

And you get an extra hour of man-on-man action when you change the clocks for gaylight savings time.


Kind of gives new meaning to "spring forward," doesn't it?
 
2012-12-13 12:22:14 PM  

Sybarite: I had no idea how much the Easy-Bake Oven had changed.


That's an Easy-Bake oven?

So instead of making them gender specific
The make them gay specfic


/sure I'll pay for that
 
2012-12-13 12:25:54 PM  
Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?
www.frightcatalog.com
 
2012-12-13 12:27:16 PM  

brantgoose: Sexual orientation is a choice.

A child under the age of reason can not make a choice of sexual orientation.

That's the gayest little boy I've seen since I was a child and ***** always had to be Mother when we played house.

Let the cognitive dissonance games begin!

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

The only mystery now is whether he wants to be a transvestite, a transexual or a queen when he grows up. I'm guessing Disney Princess or possibly mermaid.


Shouldn't you be posting a wall of text explaining sexual orientation through the ages while tying in obscure British history?
 
2012-12-13 12:31:14 PM  

LaraAmber:
Shouldn't you be posting a wall of text explaining sexual orientation through the ages while tying in obscure British history?


HAHAHA! I have him/her favorited as "bloviating windbag". but I mean it in a funny way..but yeah....wall of text posts.
 
2012-12-13 12:44:25 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Unsupervised. It is very important that we give children toys they can play with unsupervised. If you want a kid's interest in something, make it seem grown-up and potentially dangerous.


This. It's the "learning how to safely use dangerous things" that makes little kids feel grown up, and most little kids really want to be "grown up." Until they actually become grown up. Then they wish they were little kids again so somebody else could "take care of all that boring adult stuff" for them.

/Learned to cook hamburgers at age 6, standing on a chair pulled up to the stove. Mom may have been somewhere in the house...
 
2012-12-13 12:46:00 PM  

cig-mkr: Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?
[www.frightcatalog.com image 234x333]


See, I've never understood that type of thinking...

According to some, we can't trust women to even make decisions about their own bodies, yet we're going to trust them with the important task of sammitch making?

I THINK NOT!
 
2012-12-13 12:47:58 PM  
My 7 year old boy asked for an easy bake oven for Christmas...

I blame gay people for rubbing teh gey on him...


/my father is 10x the cook of my mother
//I love cooking
///not haz teh gey.
 
2012-12-13 12:49:37 PM  

cig-mkr: Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?


Given the ever-growing list of things we're not supposed to expect of them, I'm not sure why anyone would have a wife.
 
2012-12-13 01:01:01 PM  

kid_icarus: Implying that cooking is gender-specific to females is not only sexist, it's asinine in today's world. Chances are your son isn't going to marry a nice girl to cook & clean for him right out of high school. He probably needs to at least know his way around the kitchen a little bit (unless he just wants to eat fast food all the time, be morbidly obese and dead by 45).


Not to mention that in a lot of families, the man does the cooking.
 
2012-12-13 01:02:57 PM  

Snarfangel: I actually had an Easy-Bake oven when I was little. I'm not sure if my mom just thought boys should know how to cook, or if she expected her second child to be a girl.

I used it a couple of times, but I had a lot more fun with the 75-in-1 electronic experiments kit that my grandfather gave me.

/The naughty mnemonic he taught me for resistor color codes was kept a secret from my mom.
//Would have loved an Easy-BlastTM chemistry set.


Go on, what was it. B B R O Y G B V G W is how it goes, right?
 
2012-12-13 01:05:57 PM  
That kid's a goner if he ever walks past a Catholic church.
 
2012-12-13 01:12:22 PM  

jgilb: That kid's a goner if he ever walks past a Catholic church.


Why? He's not wearing red Prada shoes.
 
2012-12-13 01:16:14 PM  

JNowe: cig-mkr: Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?


Given the ever-growing list of things we're not supposed to expect of them, I'm not sure why anyone would have a wife.


Fortunately I'm from the old school, mainly because I'm old, but my wife and I have the traditional roles in place.
I don't ask her to do things considered "men's" work. And on the same token, she doesn't ask me to do "women's" work. But now that I'm retired now I do help out more in the house which is OK fine by me.
 
2012-12-13 01:18:11 PM  

JNowe: cig-mkr: Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?


Given the ever-growing list of things we're not supposed to expect of them, I'm not sure why anyone would have a wife.


Because you love each other and it's a marriage, not a cheap way to get hired help for life?

I didn't go "my god my husband doesn't know how to change the oil in my car and my mother had to explain to him how to use a circular saw, why the hell does anyone have a husband".
 
2012-12-13 01:18:35 PM  

jgilb: That kid's a goner if he ever walks past a Catholic church.


To be fair, any pre-pubescent boy is.
 
2012-12-13 01:21:31 PM  

CheekyMonkey: Kinda hard to teach your kids to cook if you aren't a parent, no?


I meant more people should cook for reals.
Fark eating that greasy cardboard microwave mockery of cuisine that most people do.
You can make better ramen from scratch, probably cheaper, too, with less salt.
Go natch, get more snatch.
 
2012-12-13 01:21:53 PM  
Boy's wearing pink zebra shoes and gender neutral easy bake ovens. Yes, we are becoming more European.
 
2012-12-13 01:22:04 PM  

capt.hollister: American culture seems to have difficulty letting go of rigidly-defined gender roles.

Here are some news from some of the more advanced corners of the world:
1. Men can wear panties, high heels, bra and not be gay. The clothes you wear does not alter your sexual inclination.
2. Men are allowed to breastfeed
3. Men can make a stable income for women if they like, but they don't have to
4. Women who do not adopt their husband's name upon marriage and use a hyphen instead have a 99% chance of divorce.


you don't say

capt.hollister: Kid wants to wear lingerie? let him wear pink corsets. Some dude wants to wear a pedo bear costume and hang around playgrounds let him. Seriously, aren't there more imoprtant things to worry about ?


not that i can think of
 
2012-12-13 01:23:56 PM  

macdaddy357: Instead of an Easy-Bake oven, how about an Easy-Barbeque grill? That's appropriate for boys.


This. Men cook with fire-open coals some flame out of doors.
 
2012-12-13 01:25:50 PM  

rocky_howard: capt.hollister: 1. Men can wear pink and not be gay. The colour you wear does not alter your sexual inclination.
2. Men are allowed to cook and do housework
3. Women can make sammiches for men if they like, but they don't have to
4. Women do not adopt their husband's name upon marriage

Heh, regarding 1 I'd rather have NO one wear a majorly pink piece of clothing. Sure, pink accessories or pink trimming / secondary color on a shirt, okay, but a full pink piece? Yuck...

And regarding 4, I don't care which person gets the other's name, but what's going to happen to the kids? It can get messy.


Nothing bad happens to the kids, actually. Lots of cultures have zero difficulty dealing with this without their civilization collapsing.
 
2012-12-13 01:27:27 PM  

WhippingBoy: They need to make sewing machines targeted at men. Early on in our marriage, I asked my wife if she would hem my pants. She had no clue what I was talking about.


They do not need to make sewing machines targeted at men they need to make four year of high school Home Economics classes mandatory for women.

Fix society right up
 
2012-12-13 01:28:41 PM  
I grew up with a Mom who worked loooong ass days at a optician's store and a dad who worked 2 days off 2 nights on shift work. Needless to say, Dad did school trips, laundry, vacuuming, and cooking - all the mom stuff. He really excelled at cooking and today does 95% of it because frankly, my mom sucks in the kitchen.

My husband can't boil water. He comes from a farmer family where men work hard and do nothing when they come home, and women work hard and then work hard again. :)

My 3 year old son cooks with me! His favourite meal is helping me prepare lemon/garlic roast chicken (he likes stuffing the bird). I just bought him a play kitchen for his Santa gift, from Ikea, and he is going to flip. To me, it's not the least bit girly (or boy-y for that matter) to learn to cook. The girl baby plays with John Deere tractors too. My husband's farmer grandma is probably rolling over in her grave.
 
2012-12-13 01:29:37 PM  

impaler: I think I used my sister's easy-bake more than she did.

/if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and I want brownies.


They have these things called bakeries, some of them have brownies and you do not even hae to clean up the mess.
 
2012-12-13 01:31:32 PM  
One of my girls has an Easy Bake oven. If you're wanting to try and teach a kid to enjoy cooking, that isn't the toy to get them. They farking suck.
 
2012-12-13 01:32:25 PM  

I drunk what: capt.hollister: American culture seems to have difficulty letting go of rigidly-defined gender roles.

Here are some news from some of the more advanced corners of the world:
1. Men can wear panties, high heels, bra and not be gay. The clothes you wear does not alter your sexual inclination.
2. Men are allowed to breastfeed
3. Men can make a stable income for women if they like, but they don't have to
4. Women who do not adopt their husband's name upon marriage and use a hyphen instead have a 99% chance of divorce.

you don't say

capt.hollister: Kid wants to wear lingerie? let him wear pink corsets. Some dude wants to wear a pedo bear costume and hang around playgrounds let him. Seriously, aren't there more imoprtant things to worry about ?

not that i can think of


Dude, changing another Fraker's quote like that is not cool. You can quote what I said and then add your own response by striking my comment and adding your own, that is the accepted method. You should know that.

Concerning your number 1 point; what if he is a lumberjack ?
 
2012-12-13 01:35:29 PM  

Civchic: My husband's farmer grandma is probably rolling over in her grave.


why would she? we've made so much progress

we now live in the age when a person can choose their gender at will! :D

utopia has been achieved

/i'm a chinese jet pilot
 
2012-12-13 01:36:22 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: cig-mkr: Cooking and baking, isn't that why we have a wife?
[www.frightcatalog.com image 234x333]

See, I've never understood that type of thinking...

According to some, we can't trust women to even make decisions about their own bodies, yet we're going to trust them with the important task of sammitch making?

I THINK NOT!


I have no problem tursting women with the decisions they may want to make about their own bodies. It is their insisting that others (tax payers) finance those decisions I have a problem with.
 
2012-12-13 01:37:57 PM  

capt.hollister: Concerning your number 1 point; what if he is a lumberjack ?


he's ok

he works the streets all night, and he sleeps all day

ProgressTM
 
2012-12-13 01:38:36 PM  

Snarfangel: I actually had an Easy-Bake oven when I was little. I'm not sure if my mom just thought boys should know how to cook, or if she expected her second child to be a girl.

I used it a couple of times, but I had a lot more fun with the 75-in-1 electronic experiments kit that my grandfather gave me.


Those things were the greatest gifts ever. Only gripe was that the manuals did a lousy job of describing the digital components. 100 some analog projects and then they throw an latch in there with minimal explanation. Oh, and labeling it nothing besides "integrated circuit" on the kit? Dick move.

/200-in-1
 
2012-12-13 01:38:47 PM  
I drunk what: capt.hollister: American culture seems to have difficulty letting go of rigidly-defined gender roles.

Here are some news from some of the more advanced corners of the world:
1. Men can wear panties, high heels, bra and not be gay. The clothes you wear does not alter your sexual inclination.
2. Men are allowed to breastfeed
3. Men can make a stable income for women if they like, but they don't have to
4. Women who do not adopt their husband's name upon marriage and use a hyphen instead have a 99% chance of divorce.

you don't say

capt.hollister: Kid wants to wear lingerie? let him wear pink corsets. Some dude wants to wear a pedo bear costume and hang around playgrounds let him. Seriously, aren't there more imoprtant things to worry about ?

not that i can think of

Dude, changing another Fraker's quote like that is not cool. You can quote what I said and then add your own response by striking my comment and adding your own, that is the accepted method. You should know that.

Concerning your number 1 point; what if he is a lumberjack ?

One more thing: married women where I live keep their own name. Period. No hyphen. No reference to anyone else's name. As for your 99% claim for hyphenated names, I'm sure you have the stats to back your statement up...
 
2012-12-13 01:39:41 PM  

capt.hollister: Dude, changing another Fraker's quote like that is not cool. You can quote what I said and then add your own response by striking my comment and adding your own, that is the accepted method. You should know that.


oh sorry, i thought the theme of this thread was subtle corruption...

am i doing it wrong?
 
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