A New Jersey eighth grader has taken toy manufacturer Hasbro to task for marketing its Easy-Bake Oven exclusively to girls. Her inspiration? The Christmas list of her 4-year-old brother Gavyn, an aspiring chef.
“My little brother has always loved cooking. Being in the kitchen is his favorite out of school activity, and he yearns to have the opportunity to cook on his own, or at least with limited help,” McKenna Pope wrote last week as part of a petition on the website Change.org, which called on the company to include boys in its advertising materials. “When he asked Santa for his very own Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven, produced by the Hasbro company, for me to help him be the cook he’s always wanted to be, my parents and I were immediately convinced it was the truly perfect present.”
But, Pope writes, she and her parents were in for a rude awakening when they went shopping for the toy.