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   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

13 Dec 2012 10:59 AM   |   4211 clicks   |   KTAR Phoenix
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BarkingUnicorn     
Sam liked the shoes because they were "made out of zebras"

If the gay bashers don't get him, PETA will.

13 Dec 2012 01:30 AM
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).

13 Dec 2012 07:41 AM
Cythraul     

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).


I forced myself to learn how to cook in my mid twenties out of necessity, and eventually learned that I find it quite enjoyable. I got tired of eating junk (frozen pizza, fast food burger places, hot pockets, little debbie snacks, and so on) and decided I missed a nice home cooked meal.

I've found it amusing that the sexist idea of a male cook, which has been around for quite a while, is suddenly found acceptable if they're a professional chef. Put a fancy hat on them, and increase their technical skill in cooking and suddenly it's 'okay' for a man to be in the kitchen.

/I'm sure I'll be flamed for that definition of a chef in this thread.

13 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
Gulper Eel    [TotalFark]  
Learn how to cook reasonably well (without being a precious fusspot about it) and you will get laid.

If she gets picky about what you make her she's not a keeper anyway. This is my version of Sonny's Door Test.

13 Dec 2012 08:38 AM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I had no idea how much the Easy-Bake Oven had changed.

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13 Dec 2012 08:44 AM
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.

13 Dec 2012 08:51 AM
thismomentinblackhistory     

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.


When I was a little boy I think my parents were concerned that I was obsessed with a doll house I found in the basement. I loved the miniature furniture (had no use for the dolls). They replaced it by getting me into miniature trains, which I also loved. Still turned out gay as the day is long but God bless them, they tried.

13 Dec 2012 08:55 AM
FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  

thismomentinblackhistory: 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.

When I was a little boy I think my parents were concerned that I was obsessed with a doll house I found in the basement. I loved the miniature furniture (had no use for the dolls). They replaced it by getting me into miniature trains, which I also loved. Still turned out gay as the day is long but God bless them, they tried.


If you had really ever wanted to fark with them, the best thing to tell them would have been that the phallic imagery of the trains is what made you gay.


Anyway, weren't Easy Bake ovens just Creepy Crawlers machines with cake pans instead of goop and molds?

13 Dec 2012 09:07 AM
Tr0mBoNe    [TotalFark]  
I can cook but I'm no chef.

13 Dec 2012 09:58 AM
Hershey Highway Patrol     
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13 Dec 2012 10:07 AM
sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  

Gulper Eel: Learn how to cook reasonably well (without being a precious fusspot about it) and you will get laid.

If she gets picky about what you make her she's not a keeper anyway. This is my version of Sonny's Door Test.


Fusspot?

13 Dec 2012 10:33 AM
Snarfangel     

sigdiamond2000: Gulper Eel: Learn how to cook reasonably well (without being a precious fusspot about it) and you will get laid.

If she gets picky about what you make her she's not a keeper anyway. This is my version of Sonny's Door Test.

Fusspot?


You know, a fuss-budget.

13 Dec 2012 10:43 AM
skullkrusher     
so yer saying both sides of the internet is gay? Damn gay mafia.

13 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
Because People in power are Stupid     
I imagine that's what slippers of kicking look like.

13 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
trappedspirit     
This sounds like the same side of the internet

13 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
WhippingBoy     
Wait... women are supposed to be able to cook? Just a sec, I need to show this to my wife...

13 Dec 2012 11:02 AM
BMFPitt     
Why wouldn't a chef want to encourage learning to cook with a legitimate oven?

13 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  

Snarfangel: sigdiamond2000: Gulper Eel: Learn how to cook reasonably well (without being a precious fusspot about it) and you will get laid.

If she gets picky about what you make her she's not a keeper anyway. This is my version of Sonny's Door Test.

Fusspot?

You know, a fuss-budget.


What year is this?

13 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
Good God! Everyone knows that men will only cook meat over an open fire!
Hasbro should make a Easy-Burn Fire-Pit TM.

13 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
Bondith    [TotalFark]  

Cythraul: 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).

I forced myself to learn how to cook in my mid twenties out of necessity, and eventually learned that I find it quite enjoyable. I got tired of eating junk (frozen pizza, fast food burger places, hot pockets, little debbie snacks, and so on) and decided I missed a nice home cooked meal.


Mum made sure I had at least one recipe under my belt before I left home. Being a chemist helped as well, since cooking is basically kitchen chemistry. (Disclaimer: I actually fairly terrible in the lab.)

I've found it amusing that the sexist idea of a male cook, which has been around for quite a while, is suddenly found acceptable if they're a professional chef. Put a fancy hat on them, and increase their technical skill in cooking and suddenly it's 'okay' for a man to be in the kitchen.

Not only that, once they get their funny hat and their chromed ovens, suddenly women aren't allowed to play anymore. Only a woman can cook for her family, but only a man can get paid to cook for strangers.

13 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
spyderqueen     

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).


Also, if we want to stay sexist on it, guys should learn how to cook because if a guy can cook well? Probably gonna get laid.

13 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
moothemagiccow     
I don't get the pink/blue thing anyway. Pink is kind of an obnoxious color.

Also it's ok for men to cook if they're wearing an apron and standing in front of a grill outside.

13 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
Needlessly Complicated     
I MUST FIND THESE SHOES!!!


/roller derby official

13 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
kvinesknows     

kid_icarus: (unless he just wants to eat fast food all the time, be morbidly obese and dead by 45).


Its good to have long term goals

13 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
kingoomieiii     

13 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
StashMonster     

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).


Yeah, these days kids are likely to see Dad cooking just as much as Mum anyway - making "girly" play-cooking equipment anachronistic.

13 Dec 2012 11:07 AM
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.

13 Dec 2012 11:08 AM
tolallorti     

thismomentinblackhistory: 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.

When I was a little boy I think my parents were concerned that I was obsessed with a doll house I found in the basement. I loved the miniature furniture (had no use for the dolls). They replaced it by getting me into miniature trains, which I also loved. Still turned out gay as the day is long but God bless them, they tried.


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.

13 Dec 2012 11:09 AM
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.

13 Dec 2012 11:10 AM
StrikitRich    [TotalFark]  
First thing that came to mind when I saw the headline was Vans sneakers, then I saw that he was wearing slippers.....

13 Dec 2012 11:10 AM
SkunkWerks     
Ovens have genders now?

Cause they're kinda on my list of "things you don't stick it in", and I'm pretty sure most little boys would agree.

13 Dec 2012 11:10 AM
HMS_Blinkin     

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).


That, plus the fact that girls nowadays LOVE it when guys can cook. My girlfriend is an outstanding cook, and she loves to do it (which is great for me!), but even she likes that I can make her something if she's tired/stressed/not feeling well. If you're raising your sons to not know how to cook, you're really making dating and getting married more challenging for them.

13 Dec 2012 11:10 AM
Mr. Toadcheese     
Easy-Bake ovens are crap. Teach your kids about real cooking; my cousin had her daughter help her make Christmas cookies this year, and the kid's still in preschool.

13 Dec 2012 11:10 AM
BoxOfBees     
Parenting... how does it work?

Oh, that's right, give your children whatever they ask for and let them do whatever they want.

I don't understand why the mom told the kid those shoes weren't for him, but then bought him the shoes and let him wear them anyway. Because he supplied a cogent argument using the classic ninja strategy, apparently. Outwitted by a 5-year-old. Kudos, "mom"

13 Dec 2012 11:11 AM
Uranus Megahertz    [TotalFark]  

Snarfangel: /The naughty mnemonic he taught me for resistor color codes was kept a secret from my mom.


And what's that mnemonic?

13 Dec 2012 11:11 AM
MycroftHolmes     
1. Clothes do not change your orientation. 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.

2. I think it has been a while since cooking has been considered a uniquely female activity. Most celebrity chefs are male, of my friends who cook, the males are usually the better cooks. There is nothing inherently feminine about building a flavorful and healthy meal from raw ingredients. And you get to use knives and fire...how could this be considered feminine????

13 Dec 2012 11:11 AM
Snarfangel     

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.


I told your mother we shouldn't get you Uncle Milton's Pot Farm, but noooo.

13 Dec 2012 11:11 AM
Louisiana_Sitar_Club     
but the boy, whose favorite animal is a zebra, replied that "ninjas can wear pink shoes too."

Hell yeah, buddy. You were whatever you want to. That kid is frickin' awesome.

13 Dec 2012 11:12 AM
rocky_howard     
I've always found this "waah waah equating women with cooking is sexist" thing disingenuous. Who even says that? The majority of the chefs in restaurants are males...

13 Dec 2012 11:12 AM
MycroftHolmes     

Bondith: Disclaimer: I actually fairly terrible in the lab.


Just make sure you the whole thing

13 Dec 2012 11:12 AM
macdaddy357     
Instead of an Easy-Bake oven, how about an Easy-Barbeque grill? That's appropriate for boys.

13 Dec 2012 11:13 AM
MycroftHolmes     

BoxOfBees: Parenting... how does it work?

Oh, that's right, give your children whatever they ask for and let them do whatever they want.

I don't understand why the mom told the kid those shoes weren't for him, but then bought him the shoes and let him wear them anyway. Because he supplied a cogent argument using the classic ninja strategy, apparently. Outwitted by a 5-year-old. Kudos, "mom"


Orrrr, she is letting him make his own choices by giving him the information he needs and letting him be accountable for the outcomes. Crazy, I know, to let a 5 year old actually make a few decisions for himself and have his own opinions and desires.

13 Dec 2012 11:14 AM
manitobamadman     

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.


Weird, you're the second person to mention the resistor colour code in a thread this week. (The other was in the MNF thread).

13 Dec 2012 11:14 AM
IamPatSajak     
I was going to buy my 5yo son an easy bake oven for christmas but ALL of the packaging is so girly, the oven itself is purple which is not a big deal but the refill packs are all in pink and I know he wouldn't like that. I was able to find boy doll accessories and a boy play kitchen, but this one item is just too sexist. Everyone cooks. End of story.

13 Dec 2012 11:17 AM
Snarfangel     

Uranus Megahertz: Snarfangel: /The naughty mnemonic he taught me for resistor color codes was kept a secret from my mom.

And what's that mnemonic?


The one he taught me was
Bad Boys Rape Only Young Girls, But Violet Goes Willingly. (Later on, I heard the next part, "Get Some Now!")

Or Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violent, Gray, White (Gold, Silver, None for the tolerance)

Needless to say, when I took a radio class in Jr. High (with Mr. Hoffman), I was taught a tamer version, which I promptly forgot.

13 Dec 2012 11:17 AM
Because People in power are Stupid     

WhippingBoy: Wait... women are supposed to be able to cook? Just a sec, I need to show this to my wife...


What that means is if a woman wants to do the cooking -you best get out of the kitchen or have your meager cooking attempts sabotaged.

13 Dec 2012 11:17 AM
Heavy-T     
I rode my older sisters BRIGHT PINK WITH FLOWERS, BANANA SEAT, AND SISSY BAR BIKE (which is about as gay as you can get) and I'm practically a homophobe! I don't see what the fark these people have a problem with. If you think it's going to turn your little Daisey gay, chances are it wasn't the toys...

13 Dec 2012 11:18 AM
LaraAmber     
First off, is that an oven or a clock radio?

I completely agree that it should be in gender neutral colors. They have play kitchens now that are "dark wood and stainless steel" in look. My son loves to push the little play shopping carts at the store and the only color available on the shelf? Pink.

So glad I had a boy. I hate pink. I think someone out there hates parents because not only did they assign pink to girls for all toys, it has to be that horrid shade of pepto-bismol pink. What's wrong with a soft green? A pale yellow? Something that doesn't have me thinking "oh farking god my eyes", when we approach the toy section of Target.

13 Dec 2012 11:18 AM
gittlebass     
aren't most professional chefs men?

13 Dec 2012 11:19 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
WTF, said real men

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