'Because boys like to cook too ... right?'
EUGENE, Ore. -- With Christmas fast approaching, 13-year-old McKenna Pope said that she knows exactly what to get for her brother.
He wants an Easy Bake oven for Christmas, but between the color of the oven and the girls on the box, he thinks they're for girls.
In a video posted on YouTube, McKenna asked her brother if he thinks that Easy Bake Ovens should be marketed for boys as well.
"Yeah! Because boys like to cook too ... right?" he answered.
Zachary, a 3-year-old Eugene boy, plays with an Easy Bake oven under his father Josh's careful supervision. Josh said that at his son's age, the color of the toy really doesn't matter yet.
"I think it depends on the age at 3 its probably not gonna matter," said Williams. "But once you start getting to 4 and 5 and 6, I think the color options should be there."
Jeff Strom, the head chef at Koho Bistro in Eugene said he remembered playing with an Easy Bake oven as a kid. "Mostly melting crayons in it," Strom said. " I mean, it was fun. I didn't care what color it was."
Strom said he thinks kids learn to cook by mimicking their parents. "I have a 3 year old son, and he's got his own huge playschool kitchen thing that takes up half my dining room. He's in there everyday and when I start cooking at home, he goes in his little kitchen an sautees like Jeff."
Strom says Easy Bake ovens may be advertised in a steretypical way, but "they don't make toy guns pink, they market those as camoflauge."
McKenna's video ends with her asking viewers to sign her petition to change how Hasbro markets the Easy Bake oven.
She hopes that they will start making them in primary colors, so that boys will know that it is OK to want to cook.