I've heard it said that "ask and you shall receive", but I guess in this case it's more like petition and you shall get heard. After starting a petition asking Hasbro to make their Easy-Bake Oven a more gender-neutral toy, McKenna Pope got her wish and more.
If you havenâ€™t heard of McKenna Pope, she's the 13-year-old girl from New Jersey who questioned Hasbro on why they don't make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake oven. It all started after her four-year-old brother, an avid baker, told her he thought the current model was too girly. Thinking that a simple letter wouldnâ€™t get her point across, McKenna started a petition on change.org. After McKenna got 40,000 signatures and support from celebrity chefs, Hasbro responded. Not only have they decided to put out a black and silver version of the popular toy sometime in 2013, they also gave McKenna and her brother a tour of the company which included a sneak peek at the prototype for the new oven.
McKenna was delighted by Hasbro's response, and her little brother â€śwas ecstaticâ€ť with the tour and the change in design. But McKenna doesnâ€™t see this as the end of the gender-neutral toy battle. She believes that â€śthe toy industry is truly dominated by gender stereotypesâ€ť and that itâ€™s time to make other toys gender-neutral as well.
Photos via hasbro.com, thecookinginn.com
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