This is an awesome video put out by a 13 year old girl who has started a petition to get Hasbro to use boys in commercials for their Easy Bake Oven as well as girls because her little brother loves to cook but thinks that it’s a toy only for girls because of the ads. As a guy who loves to cook, I could not agree more. It’s time for these absurd stereotypes to end.
Interestingly, there has long been another side to this coin. Though we have long taught girls and boys that cooking is for girls, that only holds true at home. At the same time, the world of restaurant chefs has long been a place where men ruled and women were kept out. That has begun to change, especially in the age of the celebrity chef, but the dichotomy is curious — women are supposed to cook in the home, but only men can be great chefs. Both sides of that coin are sexist and absurd.