• Tue, Dec 18 2012

13-Year-Old Tells The Makers Of ‘Easy-Bake Oven’ To Get A Clue

tumblr_lps0yp3Bkh1qhpzp8o1_500Just when you thought the world couldn’t possibly be more confusing (in a good way!), you hear about what could certainly throw your reservations about life for a loop. You will sigh, giggle and praise whatever god in whom you believe this week, after hearing this one: THERE ARE NO EASY BAKE OVENS FOR BOYS.

Easy-Bake Ovens aren’t exactly what you picture for a little boy, but that’s about to change.

After being none-too happy about the fact that her brother feared he’d be made fun of because of his need to get his hands on the Easy-Bake Oven, 13-year-old McKenna Pope made it her mission to switch things up and make the long considered “girl only” toy more gender neutral. The color choice? Purple .

The result is the “redesigned silver-and-black model” of the oven that is meant to lure in future chefs of all ages and genders! Pope actually started a petition to get this going and found herself with over 44k supporters — far more than those supporting my nephew’s need to have his toes painted, but I digress.

Great!

So what does this mean, besides the fact that men can bake too? That America is evolving, slowly but surely, and a male Julia Child is hard at work out there using too much butter.

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  • Sean

    No joke, I wanted an Easy Bake Oven when I was 10.

    It scared the shit out of my mother.

    I got a chemistry set instead, and proceeded to use the bunsen burner to cook spoonfuls of cookie dough.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

      I always wanted a chemistry set! When I almost failed the class later on, I blamed my parents for not getting me a chemistry set. (Although I was just really bad at math…) I think it was not so much because I was a girl, but more because I am clumsy and wouldn’t just ruined the carpets…

  • Esther

    Right, but isn’t this sexism in itself? What makes the old pinky purple a girls’ colour? Is it because traditionally pink is for girls? If it is, cooking is traditionally for girls too, so this is kind of contradictory. It’s not about making everything inclusive to everyone. Kids need to learn that sometimes they will be different, and sometimes not everyone will accept it.