The Fabulous Baker Boys

In which my idea to introduce my son to the Easy-Bake Oven turns out to be half-baked

When I was a kid, it never occurred to me that my Easy-Bake Oven was girly. I do not see what gender has to do with it. I would have wanted to make cake in my own room if I'd had five penises.

So I was surprised when, a few months ago, McKenna Pope, a spunky 13-year-old girl from Garfield, N.J., just 30 miles from where I used my Easy-Bake Oven, defended her 4-year-old brother's right to own an Easy-Bake. She got more than 44,000 signatures on her petition demanding that Hasbro make the toys in colors besides...

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