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Should Mr Potato Head become gender neutral?

A gender-neutral makeover will see Mr Potato Head become the toy formerly known as Mr Potato Head.

The classic toy’s branding is being “reimagined for the modern consumer”, its US maker Hasbro announced on Thursday.

From later this year, the toy – launched almost 70 years ago – will be named Potato Head on the packaging.

Other toy companies have taken similar decisions in recent years, breaking with traditional gender norms.

“Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr from the Mr Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion,” Hasbro said of the name change.

The rebranded toy, which can be assembled with a selection of different body parts and clothes, will be released in autumn this year, Hasbro said.

The company said the toy will allow children “to imagine and create their own Potato Head family”.

What are your views? Should Mr Potato Head lose his gender? Could they have kept him and introduced additional Potato Heads to the family? Does this mean that other toys such as Action Man and Barbie should lose their identity? 

Should Mr Potato Head become gender neutral?

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sparrer
19th Mar 2021
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What sexist person thinks up this sort of question?
Tr1sh
14th Mar 2021
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No! leave Mr Potato Head alone 🙂
Moonbeam1
5th Mar 2021
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In the days when it just came with things to stick into a real potato it had pieces you might consider male and some you might consider female so you could choose what you liked. No reason why they can't do that now and give the game more diversity without spoiling it at all. They'd save plastic by reverting to getting people to use a real potato too.
nanabet48
5th Mar 2021
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I absolutely agree with Snowmouse.
Snowmouse
5th Mar 2021
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All this gender nonsense is becoming tiresome. It’s toys for goodness sake and toys that have been around for years and years without doing any harm to anyone now, everyone wants to be a wannabe saviour to the world in order to believe they are doing some good. It’s ridiculous!
Alfadriver
5th Mar 2021
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It's a ridiculous idea. We all are either male or female and to rebrand a toy to be gender neutral is bonkers. We have toys for girls and toys for boys and that's it.
jeanmark
9th Mar 2021
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Alfadriver, I think that's the problem. It's believed that toys should be gender neutral to allow children to decide, they should not to be put into a slot of male or female. It should be perfectly acceptable for boys to play with dolls and girls to play with tractors with it being being frown upon, which it often is.
FelimM
5th Mar 2021
3
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What utter cr*p. Get a life!!!
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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This was always going to be a lively topic

I must confess that I abstained from the vote - confused rather than cowardly ☹️
Rob60
1st Mar 2021
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ha ha, seeing grown adults get bent out of shape over the proposed gender of a plastic potato is genuinely one of the funniest things I've seen this year so far. Brilliant.
jeanmark
1st Mar 2021
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Rob60, I'm afraid I responded more to comments from those that did not not appear to understand what the term Gender Neutrality was, rather than to whether a potato should be addressed as Mr, Mrs or just plain Potato Head...
viking
27th Feb 2021
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As it now looks as if one will not go very far in the business world now being either male or female, one should consider seeking the ultimate operation so that one may get promoted in the workplace because of being deemed "gender neutral. " Assuming that one does have to have an operation.
jeanmark
27th Feb 2021
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Viking, the term gender neutral is used to put forward the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions should avoid distinguishing roles according to people's gender, regardless of how you identify yourself. It is about referring to people in general gender-neutral language rather than putting people into slots because they have XX or XY chromosomes. It is trying to get away from believing only girls can play with doll and boys man-up rather than show emotion.

I don't necessary agree with some of the changes but police officer and fire fighter recognises that the role isn't about gender. Nurse is neutral as is Doctor. I'm not sure what alternative they will find for Mr and Mrs - they can't use him and her indoors!
viking
28th Feb 2021
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Just trying to bring a little humour into this crazy situation.
Thanks for the Medics though.
jeanmark
28th Feb 2021
3
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Thank you Viking and I do think we are living in "interesting" times and am just as tired as everyone else with the language etc. we are being asked to adopt.
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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They could just drop Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms?
jeanmark
3rd Mar 2021
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Little3 what other term could you use? I never liked being addressed as Ms, I worked hard for the title of Mrs and now it could be suggested I lose the title completely...
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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I meant to suggest that all those titles are unnecessary - I don't need to be Mr Little3
jeanmark
3rd Mar 2021
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Little3 that makes sense in the context of this site, but in general how do we address people formally. I think the world has become a little topsy turvy in the fight for equality for all.
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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Can't we dispense with such formality? Even in business nowadays, 'dear sir or Madame' is seldom used. In fact businesses are more often at pains to use my first name. I can't really think of a context where 'first name-last name' would be inadequate.
jeanmark
3rd Mar 2021
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I don't disagree with that, but there remain people who do to want to retain a degree of formality until they decide on how they want to be addressed. If we did revert to 'first name-last name' that may help solve the problem relating to gender neutrality!
viking
4th Mar 2021
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Just to put the cat amongst the pidgeons ! When I send a birthday card etc to my grandson/daughter , I always address them as Mistress and Master, as English does not seem to be their first language it does become classified as a "wind up" !!!
jeanmark
4th Mar 2021
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I must try that one.
jeffsoo
27th Feb 2021
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Don't be ridiculous...
swaneldo
27th Feb 2021
5
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Better that people just get on with their lives as they wish to live and just stop ramming all these 'isms' down everyone's throat and causing problems where there are none. I don't care what you do as long as you're happy and don't harm anyone else. Some just seriously need to get over themselves and their perceived slights and bob along as best they can. If you need to desperately search for things to be offended by, you are not living a happy life. We're all human beings - end of.
ecarg
27th Feb 2021
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Maybe he should go back to his roots and resume his life as a vegetable.
mamagill
26th Feb 2021
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Whilst I am fully sympathetic with those who are gender neutral, I feel that those of us who are(identify as) male or female are beginning to be vilified for our choices
MaryS531
26th Feb 2021
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I see and hear things like this every day and it makes me furious. What is gender neutral anyway? There are only 2 genders male and female and some who obviously have not sorted themselves out yet.
jeanmark
26th Feb 2021
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Gender neutral is about not being identified solely by your gender. People should no longer be put into a specific slot depending on whether you have XX chromosomes or XY chromosomes but should be treated with respect regardless of how you identify yourself.

However, I still expected to be addressed as Mrs....
Rosedeb
26th Feb 2021
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It's getting beyound a joke really, what was the other thing ??chestfeeding instead of breastfeeding!!
People calling their children it!!!
Which I feel is child abuse.
Really!
Surely it is diversity that makes life interesting.
I for one do not want to be gender neutral, and yes there are more important things in the world that should be attracting attention.
Grow up and start feeling at one with yourself without having to have a neutral universe
jeanmark
26th Feb 2021
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Rose deb, that's the point diversity does make life interesting. Gender Neutral is about the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions should avoid distinguishing roles according to people's gender. However, I agree that it can be taken too far.
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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I did more than my fair share of changing nappies, making up bottle feeds etc but 'chest feeding' was never a role I could fill
jeanmark
3rd Mar 2021
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Little3 a friend of mine said the same. I wonder how they will refer to cancer of the breast, cancer of the chest won't really explain it when referring to left or right!
mercury
26th Feb 2021
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Oh definitely. Anything rather than cause a nationwide uproar about, children in Africa being forced to mine for mobile phone metals, or FGM or fox hunting or, I don't know - Asian grooming gangs.
Bald123
26th Feb 2021
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STOP the world I want to get off. Am I going mad or has the world gone mad? What on earth would my Grandfather who was in the Army have thought of this?
BrianS12
26th Feb 2021
9
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The lunatics have finally taken over the asylum!
Izzy1950
26th Feb 2021
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What on earth is going on in this world: I just dont go along with non-binary identity becoming the norm. If individuals wish to identify as such, then get on with it: don't inflict your beliefs on the rest of society. We can all live in harmony without making such a big deal of gender. What next, will they want to edit the amazing film, The Holiday, by removing the Mr. Potato Head scene?
Little3
3rd Mar 2021
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AlisonY7
26th Feb 2021
5
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A potato is a potato. Not a he or a she.
Mr potato head is a toy so can be called whatever is in the imagination of a child. Why force irrelevant opinions on young children with an innocent approach to the world.
What will become of science and human biology? Will the learning of gender and the reproductive system be banned in schools? When it gets to that age of learning will they ask where the gender neutral diagrams are?
Its brainwashing of impressionable young minds to meet the needs of the few who are unhappy with their bodies. I sympathise but you cannot change the order of nature.
PaulaF84
26th Feb 2021
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Billythequiche
26th Feb 2021
7
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If those in power think that this is a priority issue, they need to get their heads out of their nether regions!
Do the tiny minority who ignore the state of the world to bleat about things like this really think the majority of people admire their virtue signalling?
Yes, all minorities in a democracy are entitled to a voice.
No, minorities in a democracy are NOT entitled to force their narrow world view on the rest of us.
When is common sense going to return??
LiaH6
26th Feb 2021
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I can't believe that 21% want Mr Potato Head to be gender neutral. What has happened to this world? Or is it just this country?
Anneton2
26th Feb 2021
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There is no wonder children today don’t know wether they are coming or going!! I am so happy I was brought up when I was.
billandben
26th Feb 2021
6
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Never heard anything so stupid in my life. Will all men have to be addressed by just their surnames with no Mr in front. What is this world coming to, feel sorry for future generations
tripper123
26th Feb 2021
6
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sad times get a grip folks
JuneAA
26th Feb 2021
5
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I agree that new things should reflect the differing genders, but the old stuff should stay as it is. This is all going a bit too far, I am fed up with hearing about gender neutral etc and mental health. It is not that I don't understand, my own daughter is transgender and I love her dearly, but she and I are just so fed up with all the media. It is the norm now but will never be seen as that whilst people go on about it all the time.
VikkiW
26th Feb 2021
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Whether you are gender neutral or believe that should be the case for all to recognise I respect the right to determine this for yourself but you cannot determine that I am not Mrs. Wood so Why change Mr Potato head.
God save us from the politically correct
Wilf
26th Feb 2021
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Its 2021 and maybe Mr Potatoehead is a sign of the times. Sorry Ms/MX/Miss/Master/Mrs/Lord/Lady...have I missed anyone out???
BrianS12
26th Feb 2021
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Cadmurry
26th Feb 2021
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Wilf
26th Feb 2021
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Surfer Pete
26th Feb 2021
8
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Crazy - maybe he should self identify as a carrot!!
Wilf
26th Feb 2021
3
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NO! thats even worse. A potatoe is a potatoe don't get him/her/ms/MX potatoe head even more confused by calling him/them/he/she/mx/m/mr/miss/ms a carrot!!!
Constantgardener
26th Feb 2021
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A load of nonsense
Munsterlander
26th Feb 2021
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Yes why not? If that what he wants it's a free country after all. Well it was the last time I looked. Do whatever you want Mr Potatoe head
MrsPat
26th Feb 2021
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I don’t think it’s quite as black and white as that. The world is shifting into non-binary which doesn’t mean some are part of that and others aren’t, rather it’s about the idea that everyone’s gender is more a case of spectrum than it is category. I find it all quite confusing but on the whole I think it’s leading in a positive direction. This is the modern world and we need to keep up with it.
LiaH6
26th Feb 2021
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I understand what you are saying and can see your point of view, but we are talking about a plastic toy here, not a human being.
Marley444
26th Feb 2021
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And toys aren’t allowed genders because? I am all for everyone being who they want to be and if a few of the minority want to be gender neutral then sure, you do you, whatever makes you happy ... but why does the rest of the world feel like everything has to go gender neutral?

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