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McKenna Pope’s TEDYouth Talk On Gender Neutral Toys [Video]

Fourteen-year-old McKenna Pope petitioned last year to make the Easy Bake Oven more neutral so her brother wouldn’t feel bad using it.  Now she’s done this great TEDYouth talk on the importance of gender neutral toys and to motivate kids to not feel powerless to change the world. We have a new hero.

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  • Bam Bunting

    My 3 year old nephew wants to be a chef because his dad is a caterer so we got him a toy oven to make stuff in. He plays with it all the time, I’m glad his future is looking bright in a more gender equal world.

    With that said I hope one of these days Mckenna gets into Wu-Tang Clan so she can laugh when she finally gets the Liquid Swords reference

  • Kemsley

    *claps* Well done!

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    No let’s not make them gender neutral let’s change societies misconceptions about how gender works.

  • Octochan

    Ok, but how do we do that without changing the way society reinforces the gender binary – ie: through products designed to appeal to one gender group?

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I don’t know if that’s the way about it making all toys gender sounds nice and all but that’s not going to stop people from going”You can’t use this if you are___” “Ugh seriously you like this but you are a___”

  • Anonymous

    Really? You don’t think that forcing toy companies to stop cramming gender roles into childrens minds from a young age isn’t going to help with that. That’s…just wrong.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Not if it means they’ll still be in society and around adults who aren’t going to change just because toy companies are being more open minded towards the idea.

  • Anonymous

    You are right, adults are not going to change becaue of toy companies. Those adults that believe in gender roles won’t change for anything more than likely. That is why not indoctrinating the next generations of our culture with the same nonsense is so important. The easiest most effective way to change a culture is by changing it when our ideas of the world are still forming, not as adults.