Is the Easy-Bake Oven a sexist toy?

2:27 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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When it comes to toys this time of year, tradition tells us boys get trucks and tools; girls get dolls and Easy-Bake Ovens.

13-year-old McKenna Pope is trying to change that.

She posted a petition on change.org asking Hasbro to make it's Easy-Bake Ovens gender neutral.

McKenna got the idea when she went to the store to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her four-year-old brother, Gavyn. He loves to cook and wants to be a chef.  

She only found the ovens in pink and purple and noticed only girls featured on the packaging and in commercials.

"I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work," McKenna writes in her petition. "It truly saddens me that such a successful business would resort to conforming to society's views on what boys do and what girls do."

Tens of thousands of people have signed McKenna's petition and she's got a lot of support from male chefs from around the country, including stars like Bobby Flay.

Hasbro invited McKenna and her family to its headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to meet with the Easy-Bake team.

 

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