Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron’s speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak. (via)
ETA - Update: Kameron will now be giving his speech to the whole school at a special assembly on Monday.
told my sister that im going to be staying in the closet for a little longer, and i don’t think she truly understood what i meant
but she fixed this up because she said i should be comfortable while i’m in it
omg she’s so precious
Mckenna Pope is an eighth-grader from New Jersey whose four-year-old brother loves to cook. Once she saw him trying to cook a tortilla on top of a light bulb in his room, and realized he deserved an oven of his own to hone his interest.
But Mckenna says her brother is troubled by the idea of an Easy-Bake Oven. They tend to only come in pink and purple and only feature girls in commercials, she says, making boys feel like cooking is “wrong” and only a girls’ activity. So she started a petition for Hasbro to make this classic toy gender-neutral and more boy-friendly.
Her petition, sent to Hasbro president and chief executive Brian D. Goldner, has gathered more than 3,700 signatures since posting Thursday. In her (punctuation-challenged) letter to the corporate boss, Pope says, “Your packaging for the product and its promotional materials advertise baking and cooking as a solely girls’ hobby. Also, its ‘girls’ coloration of purple and pink make it seem as though cooking is “girly”, which it is not by any means. Please, Hasbro, I urge you to include males on your packaging, and feature your product in less gender specific colors, such as red, green, or blue.” …
The Easy-Bake has been around since the 1960s, helping kids produce cookies and cakes. About a decade ago, Hasbro introduced a “male” version of sorts, the Queasy Bake Cookerator, with a boy on the box surrounded by a ghoulish glow and featuring recipes like Chocolate Crud Cake Mix and Bugs ’n Worms Mix. The toy doesn’t appear to be for sale anymore, except on eBay.
If these are the kinds of kids who will be running the world in a couple of decades, I’m not at all worried. Sign the petition here.
nice. now, boys, time to join ranks and support your sisters’ interests. —naturallybent
S1E15: Nightmare on Oak Street
Pop and Daddy. This is great.