Little Homemakers: Easy-Bake Oven

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Little Homemakers
As a little girl an Easy-Bake Oven was at the top of my Christmas list for years; finally, after years of patiently waiting, there it was underneath my Christmas tree. The epitome of Christmas gifts for little girls: an Easy-Bake Oven. Not once did I think I was gifted this by my parents because they wanted me to learn how to become a homemaker. This is not the 1950’s. America has come so far from the ideology that all women belong in the kitchen; women are successful businesswomen and leaders in the workplace today. A woman’s place is not solely in the kitchen. Women can be mothers, homemakers and professional individuals outside of the home. Today we can see that feminists would argue that the easy-bake oven conditions
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Each of these shows feature teams and individuals made up equally of men and women. The media is a wonderful way to showcase how both men and women can partake in baking and cooking. Young children who watch the shows can have an opportunity to see that regardless of their gender, if someday they want to grow up to be professionals in the culinary arts they have no restrictions. The easy-bake oven may have had a negative cultural appeal, but now with a gender neutral model it can inspire young children of both genders to not be held back cultural appropriations. Cooking is not something that is just for women. When the easy-bake oven only featured a boy’s model that looks in disdain upon men cooking, it shone a light upon how underrated men are in the kitchen. Although the Queasy Bake Cookerator is no longer sold in stores, it seems to still insinuate that boys or men can not be seen as serious culinarians; which is most certainly not the case as seen on most Food Network shows. Now, the Food Network is a message of hope for young children everywhere in contrast to my inspiration as a child which was the easy-bake…show more content…
This was for many, the first time they had ever been allowed to do any baking by themselves. I remember quite vividly how independent I felt as I pulled my first half baked cake out of my purple and pink easy-bake oven. It was a proud moment for me, even though the food was inedible; I could not help but smile. I think the reason I felt so unconstrained at that instant was because at that age it was still considered dangerous to use an oven without an adult. This had been my first real taste of freedom. I know this is not the case for all women, but in that moment I could not wait to grow up and have my own family to feed. I do not contribute that urge to my easy-bake oven because it did not condition me to want that. I wanted that before I received my easy-bake oven for Christmas; the miniature oven just brought my feelings to life for the first time. I feel strongly that a woman can be a great homemaker as well as a professional in the
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