Hasbro to begin making gender-neutral "easy-bake ovens"

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    Dec 17, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    http://www.statesmanjournal.com/viewart/20121217/UPDATE/121217032/Hasbro-says-gender-neutral-Easy-Bake-way

    This seems like something that is several decades over-due.

    Did anybody here have one of these as a kid? Or other suspect gender-inappropriate toys?

    Actually, I did have a toy kitchen as a young kid, which my friends thought was weird, although it was not store-bought. My Great-Grandad made it by screwing knobs and painting burners and a sink onto little wooden tables. I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking. I don't recall ever using it for play cooking though - I had my chemistry set, toy microscope, and model-making stuff set up on it.
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidActually, I did have a toy kitchen as a young kid, which my friends thought was weird, although it was not store-bought. My Great-Grandad made it by screwing knobs and painting burners and a sink onto little wooden tables. I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking. I don't recall ever using it for play cooking though - I had my chemistry set, toy microscope, and model-making stuff set up on it.

    My younger sister had all the kitchen stuff, but I had the boy toys: Lionel trains, Erector set, microscope, telescope, air rifle, etc. But I did steal her stuff a little. Especially a working, miniature washing machine. Oh, well...
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    I don't see how they weren't gender-neutral to begin with.
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    I had an easy bake oven when I was like 6 or 7... I'm sure my mom knew somethin was up at that moment when I begged her to buy it for me.

    Edit: then again my dad has always been the chef in the family, and I watched him cook since before I can remember. Maybe that's why I wanted it.
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    McQueen saidI don't see how they weren't gender-neutral to begin with.


    Probably instead of pink they'll go with stainless steel.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    McQueen saidI don't see how they weren't gender-neutral to begin with.
    Probably instead of pink they'll go with stainless steel.icon_rolleyes.gif
    "It's black, silver and blue, rather than purple and pink."
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    Sociology student copping five types of attitude about to "correct" your use of the word gender in 5,4,3,2....

    But to the point, they're already on that. An Easy Bake Pizza Oven for the young man who likes to throw dough.

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    Already competition

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    I totally wanted an Easy Bake but instead I had one of these

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    And what do you mean you don't know what they were thinking. You think they didn't see through your nerd disguise? They were thinking you like to throw dough. Duh.
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Well, the restaurant and culinary industry has long been dominated by men, so it's about time to get those young boys started on the right foot!
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    theantijock said

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    Oooo I had one of those. Great fun. Or maybe it actually belonged to my cousin...
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    FINALLY

    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    My sister had one but I felt I reaped its benefits when I was little. She did all the work and I ate the half-baked results (my mom gave her a low wattage bulb that didn't fully cook the mix because my mom didn't want the oven to waste too much electricity).
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidWell, the restaurant and culinary industry has long been dominated by men, so it's about time to get those young boys started on the right foot!


    Nt quite true. Men are typically chefs, and women typically pastry chefs. They can keep their ovens.
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    My sister got one when we were both ten, and I would just shove her out of the way and use it myself icon_twisted.gif. Besides I baked way better than she did...
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    McQueen said
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?


    THAT would be a long and complicated discussion about Presbyterians, Pat Buchanan, and my parents haha.
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
    My parents thought it was cheaper just to play with the big oven icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    MooseT said
    McQueen said
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?
    THAT would be a long and complicated discussion about Presbyterians, Pat Buchanan, and my parents haha.
    Murder all christians. Problem solved.
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    McQueen said
    MooseT said
    McQueen said
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?
    THAT would be a long and complicated discussion about Presbyterians, Pat Buchanan, and my parents haha.
    Murder all christians. Problem solved.


    You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:13 AM GMT
    I was just given the kitchen to play with

    mindgarden said
    McQueen said
    MooseT said
    McQueen said
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?
    THAT would be a long and complicated discussion about Presbyterians, Pat Buchanan, and my parents haha.
    Murder all christians. Problem solved.


    You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.

    I wonder would it work well with dukka
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI was just given the kitchen to play with

    mindgarden said
    McQueen said
    MooseT said
    McQueen said
    MooseT saidFINALLY
    I had wanted one so bad and asked it for Christmas so many times until I gave up..
    I never got it icon_sad.gif
    Why not?
    THAT would be a long and complicated discussion about Presbyterians, Pat Buchanan, and my parents haha.
    Murder all christians. Problem solved.


    You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.

    I wonder would it work well with dukka


    never know til you throw it in an easy bake
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
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    Oooo I had one of those. Great fun. Or maybe it actually belonged to my cousin...


    Funny you should mention because I had long ago forgotten about it until this past Thanksgiving when a younger cousin at dinner mentioned how much she enjoyed making stuff with it at my house.

    I also had chemistry sets but when very young I was a terror with that stuff. Once I took a little of everything in one of mom's cabinets and put it into a glass bottle and shook it to see what would happen. I wound up with glass embedded throughout most of my little body. I was so embarrassed by what I'd done--it scared the crap out of me--that I cleaned everything up perfectly. Somehow got all the glass out of me and never said a word about it. Obviously I did not go into chemistry later in life.
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidhttp://www.statesmanjournal.com/viewart/20121217/UPDATE/121217032/Hasbro-says-gender-neutral-Easy-Bake-way

    This seems like something that is several decades over-due.

    Did anybody here have one of these as a kid? Or other suspect gender-inappropriate toys?

    Actually, I did have a toy kitchen as a young kid, which my friends thought was weird, although it was not store-bought. My Great-Grandad made it by screwing knobs and painting burners and a sink onto little wooden tables. I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking. I don't recall ever using it for play cooking though - I had my chemistry set, toy microscope, and model-making stuff set up on it.

    When I was a little boy about 5, my mom bought me a little toy front loading washing machine from FAO Schwarz (THE Original store that's now Bergdorf Goodmans) My dad was none too pleased about it. My mom said I did have a fascination with front loading laundry machines and I could sit in the Laundromat and stare at the machine for hours.
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    My first chemistry set was a bit of a disappointment because every time I followed the instructions for one of the cooler experiments, some key reactive ingredient was missing. (Instead, there would be two bottles of some boring reagent.)* I guess it was a set "sanitized" for 6-year olds.

    The only serious lab accident I had before age 8 was that one christmas, I left an open jar of dirty paint thinner, from a model project, on the toy kitchen/lab bench. My younger cousin wandered in and drank it.

    So now it's my fault that she turned out to be a crack ho.






    * How ironic. Here I am, 45 years later, wasting my morning doing fucking boring carbonate titrations.
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    Dec 18, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    Unless they changed the 'heating' element, I bet the Sierra Club, et al will be allll over this, protesting the electric it uses. icon_wink.gif

    You can't get a 100-watt incandescent bulb anymore in some areas.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 18, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    I was already past the age for an Easy-Bake Oven when they were introduced, attending high school. Though oddly, cooking by boys wasn't totally frowned upon back then, it was considered a manly survival skill if you framed it in terms of going camping & living outdoors, like frying a fish you caught over a campfire. At the same time, HS home economics class was exclusively for girls, boys were not allowed.

    There were food recipes in my 1957 Cub Scout guide (not the governing handbook, but an illustrated hardcover supplement our Den Mother had us work badge projects from). One of my favorites was an egg salad sandwich, which I was making around age 9. I use that recipe to this day, a bit heavy on yellow mustard & paprika, my favorite version.