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Backlash over ‘girly’ Easy-Bake Ovens

When 13-year-old McKenna Pope went to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old brother, she was disappointed to discover that it only came in pink and purple and showed only girls on the box.

So the Garfield, New Jersey, eighth-grader started an online petition asking toy company Hasbro to make the toy ovens in other colors and to show boys on the package.

By last week, McKenna’s petition had gotten more than 30,000 signatures.

McKenna says her little brother would be too embarrassed to use a purple oven in front of his friends. She received a letter from Hasbro saying that boys play with their ovens, but McKenna still wants the company to change the colors.

There is always a lot of debate over “boy” toys (anything gross or involving guns) and “girl” toys (pink and with princesses). Does the color or packaging of a toy affect whether you would play with it? E-mail us your opinion to kidspost@washpost.com

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