Shakin’ Up Baking

Thirteen year old Mckenna Pope’s little brother loves to cook. But when he watches the commercials for a product he’s hoping to get for Christmas — the Easy Bake Oven — he only sees girls playing with the toy. Because of that, he believes that “only girls play with it.” Pope is hoping to change that perception with a video and a petition. She is asking Hasboro — maker of the Easy Bake Oven — to start putting boys in their commercials, so that her little brother sees it’s okay for boys to cook

I’m a bit torn by this story.  While I applaud the attempt at breaking childhood reinforcement of gender roles, I’m hesitant about showing any support for promoting a children’s oven.  I think the answer shouldn’t be “let boys AND girls bake.”  It should be, “let boys AND girls do something worthwhile with their time than learning to make pastries.”

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Shakin’ Up Baking

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