Eighth Grader Finds Easy-Bake Oven Sexist


New Jersey eighth grader McKenna Pope has gathered more than 17,000 signatures petitioning Hasbro to make a less-girly Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old brother, Gavyn. “Your packaging for the product and its promotional materials advertise baking and cooking as a solely girls hobby,” Pope wrote in a letter to Hasbro president Brian D. Goldner. “Also, its ‘girls’ coloration of purple and pink make it seem as though cooking is 'girly', which it is not by any means.” Luckily for little Gavyn, cooking is only a hobby, or, worse, showing one's love, when girls do it. When boys cook, it's called work. Except not even. There's a bunch of special French words for it. And you get lots of James Beard Awards.