EZ Bake Ovens for Boys – Too Gender-Bending? [POLL/VIDEO]
Should you get your son an EZ Bake Oven for Christmas if he wants one…or will you try and distract him away from that and try and interest him in a train set instead?
Well, there one girl from Garfield who wants toy manufacturer Hasbro to make more boy-friendly Easy-Bake Ovens…and it has the support from celebrity chefs.
While traditionally EZ Bake ovens were the province of girls, who’s to say boys can’t or don’t develop an interest in cooking?
Hence, how else to cultivate that interest than to buy your son one.
But is that emasculating?
Will your son be the subject of ridicule among all his friends, who themselves don’t share his interest in a “girl’s toy?”
And does it portend a lifestyle you may not have envisioned for him?
In a video posted on YouTube, culinary celebrities such as Michael Lomanoco of Porterhouse New York, Spencer Rubin of The Melt Shop and Manuel Trevino of Marble Lane and Bravo's "Top Chef" competitive cooking show all voice their support for 13-year-old Mckenna Pope.
"We think that cooking is for everyone - boys, girls, no matter what age," Trevino says in the video.
"My son, I cook with him every Sunday, so I'd love to see something like that happen," Philadelphia chef Brad Spence chimes in.
Pope's initiative began when her four-year-old brother, Gavyn Boscio, expressed his desire for an Easy-Bake Oven this Christmas. While he openly expresses his love for cooking, he also told his family that he was well aware that "only girls" played with the classic toy ovens.
Pope then made a video of her own to ask the toy's maker, Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro, to feature boys in its commercials and produce a version of the toy in more boy-friendly colors, rather than only feminine shades like pink and purple.
The video was posted to Change.org, along with a petition asking others for support. In the weeks since, the petitions has gathered more than 40,000 signatures, and Pope has become the face of a movement that has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Daily News and other national publications.
The video featuring Trevino, Lomonaco and other chefs was posted Tuesday by a publicist for Bobby Flay, the chef and television host who voiced his support for Pope last week.
Hasbro has yet to publicly comment on the petition, but Pope's mother Erica Boscio told the Associated Press Tuesday that the company plans to meet with her early next week.
And the problem with this?
None that I can see.