Let's get serious. Even in 1950s, when the woman's place was supposedly in the kitchen, men still had a role in home cooking. Take summer barbecues for example. Manning the grill was a matter of pride. Men staked their reputations on everything from the way the charcoals were arranged and lit to the placement of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grates.
With an onslaught of celebrity chefs and food television the man's place in the kitchen has become commonplace. So much so that toy giant Hasbro is releasing a line of its famous Easy Bake Oven in a variety of gender-neutral colors. Most recently the ovens were sold only in either purple or pink.
You might argue that the best male cooks got their starts young, probably helping their mothers prepare dinner or holiday meal.
So who do we have to thank for this latest break in the gender gap? It's McKenna Pope, a 13 year old New Jersey girl who started a petition, got 30,000 signatures and was invited to Hasbro's corporate headquarters to preview the ovens in New Jersey, according to Slate magazine's website.
Ovens will be sold in black, silver and blue. Hasbro will also begin featuring boys in advertising. McKenna told Slate her brother thought the new colors were "awesome."
The Easy-Bake Oven first appeared on shelves in 1963, sold by Kenner. Original versions used a light bulb to cook treat, while today's rendition uses a heating element. According to Hasbro more than 16 million, in 11 different versions, had been sold by 1997.
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