I want an Easy Bake Oven for my son, but it only comes in purple.
I’m not against purple toys for my sons. Hello, I want him to have an Easy Bake Oven. But I don’t want it to scream GIRL, you know? I’m very progressive, I think. I don’t worry about “gender roles” or “bullshit” like that. You want a doll? Fine. Here. Take it. I don’t care. You want to use the doll as a machine gun? Go for it. I’m only concerned if you start burning the cat or using my good jewelry as a lasso.
But I find it presumptuous and really pretty stupid that a toy oven (that cooks pretzels AND pizzas now. That SCREAMS stadium food, no? Such boyness. Gah.) can’t come in more than one color, considering the fact that most chefs are men. And this blatant sexism or whatever appears to only pertain to the Easy Bake Oven. If I want to get Declan a play kitchen, I’ve got it made. There are toy kitchens out there that look like Wolfang Puck designed them for Sur la Table. They cost about the same, too. But they do NOTHING.
Declan loves to help me cook. There are very few things that hold his interest for more than oh, say, 3 minutes these days (other than anything produced by Nick Jr.), but for some reason, cooking captivates him. And when he’s captivated, he’s entertained. And when he’s entertained, I can get stuff done, in this case, cooking dinner. So I am all about cultivating this interest. I’m trying to get him interested in vacuuming, mopping and 3 hours of quiet time a day, but so far, no dice.
Anyway, back to my issue. I don’t care to buy him “girly” things, if that’s what he wants. He’s 3. He doesn’t care. He brushes his teeth with a Cinderella Super Spin Brush because that’s what he chose. He has no clue who Cinderella even is, and to be honest, the image of her on the toothbrush isn’t exactly overly feminine, so maybe he thought she was a dude. No clue. Doesn’t matter.
So if he wanted a purple Easy Bake Oven, I’d be fine with that. But I’d like for him to have the choice.
Girls get choices for this crap, BTW. Pink airplanes? Sure.
A pink ATV? Here you go:
But a gender neutral Easy Bake Oven? You have to go back to the original from 1963.
So I’m annoyed. I may just say screw the whole thing and let him pick out a toaster oven instead. At least those come in silver.