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13-Year-Old Girl Petitions Hasbro To Include Boys In Easy-Bake Oven Ads

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What do little boys usually want for Christmas? Hot Wheels, action figures, Nerf guns, and…Easy-Bake ovens?

A 13-year-old girl is taking it upon herself to petition Hasbro to include boys in the advertising for Easy-Bake Oven. The girl says she was inspired by her younger brother who “loved cooking” and wanted the toy for Christmas.

Around Christmas eyes turn to toys, and it’s hard to buck tradition: Boys get cars and tools and girls get dolls and cupcake stuff.

One precocious 13-year-old girl is trying to change all that, petitioning Hasbro to put an image of a boy on its Easy-Bake Oven box.

McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J. has more than 17,000 signatures on Change.org petition. Pope was inspired by her little brother’s love of cooking to start the petition, and writes: “I want my brother to know that it’s not ‘wrong’ for him to want to be a chef, that it’s okay to go against what society believes to be appropriate.” (She makes her case in this adorable video.)

Sheesh, what’s next? Are they going to start putting boys in Barbie or Disney Princess commercials now? I used to play with my older brother’s action figures and toy cars all the time when I was a kid, but you don’t see me petitioning those companies to start putting girls into their commercials.

So what if a little boy wants to use an Easy-Bake oven? I say just let the kids play with whatever toys they want. After all, they’re just gonna grow out of them anyway.

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