Quickies 12/19/2012


Hey, look! Hasbro actually listened to that girl’s petition! And they solicited her approval on prototype unisex designs. Damn, that makes me happy.

Remember that University of Toledo employee who wrote that assholish homophobic op-ed piece and then got fired for it? Federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of her wrongful-termination suit.

I’m basically to the point now where I see that Nazi Pope said a thing and I immediately roll my eyes and say, “Oh, Nazi Pope.” Life must be pretty hard for the world’s Alpha Straight White Dude.

Australian readers, you have until Friday to write the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in support of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill. Get on that!

Let’s play a game! It’s called spot the ridiculous sexist bullshit. (If I’m late to this party, sorry for subjecting you to that link twice.)

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  1. It looks like the unisex Easy-Bake Oven had already been in the works for months by the time the girl’s petition came out. Not to take away from her accomplishment – Hasbro invited her to see the prototype, so they’re obviously taking her concerns seriously – but in a way it makes me respect Hasbro more for knowing that they didn’t need public opinion to turn on them before making this decision.

    • I’m actually more impressed over their responsiveness to her concerns about gender representation in the marketing of the thing. Easy Bake has been pretty much every color of the rainbow in the past, but it’s always been advertised as a toy for girls and girls alone.

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