Nadine O’Regan: Mr Potato Head bows to change to make everyone feel welcome

The toy controversy shows that we’re getting better at making our language inclusive, but old attitudes still remain

Toymaker Hasbro has dropped the ‘Mr’ on Mr Potato Head – at least on the box

The bank form looked easy to fill out, and it was. You needed to put down your name, address and other details. But I paused looking at the titles: in black and white, there were options for Miss, Mrs and Mr, but no Ms. This form was willing to allow any man to exist without marital definition, but not a woman.

When I agreed that I was a ‘Miss’, it was a simple box-tick, but ...