|Actual picture from my high school shop class 1959|
which I wasn't really all that excited about. I WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO COOK!
|Not my high school, couldn't find a picture - notice boys in this class! YA!|
But be that as it may, I wanted so bad to learn how to cook when I was going to school but boys just did not take GIRL'S CLASSES in the Fifties which was a shame. At my 35th class reunion I talked about this with my first date Bonnie (Soph Hop), who was a lesbian (a fact which I didn't know for sure when we were in high school but she was big on girl's hockey). She said she wanted to take Shop!
Now fast forward to the "enlightened" 21st century and one would think that today's school now recognize their diverse (and talented) student body and give boys and girls the options to choose what class they would like to attend. I think the school now give that option. At least I hope so, I don't know for sure. But one would think that manufacturers would provide gender neutral toys for kids. Sad to say, our market place is still lagging in recognizing the diversity of our culture. I know that when I try to buy a pastel colored sweater, the only ones that are available in the soft pastel colors (purple, pink, robins egg blue) that I like ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO MEN. Get with it L.L. Bean!
However, this morning I heard good news. The toy maker Hasbro makes an Easy-Bake-Oven. They make it in purple and pink. Oh lovely. Just what any young boy wants, a PINK OVEN! A 13 year old New Jersey girl named McKenna Pope's 4-year old brother, Gavyn Boscio, wanted one of these ovens. But, understandably, he didn't want a PINK oven. She started an online petition at Change.org to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in their ads. She got over 40,000 signatures!
VIOLA! Hasbro got the message and will now produce their newest Easy-Bake Oven; one that is black, silver and blue. OMG! They got the message and will now produce Easy-Bake Ovens that appeal to BOTH girls and boys.
Hey folks, it's a start.
By the way, I did defy the odds in high school and took typing class. Back in the Fifties boys DID NOT TAKE typing. My Mother had to force me to take typing. I wanted to learn how to type but was reluctant to be known as a boy in a GIRL'S CLASS. She told me I didn't have a choice. So I took typing. Two years of typing. Know what happened? I got an award from the Underwood Typewriter Company in 1959 as THE BEST TYPIST IN THE CLASS OF 1959!
And folks, you have just seen a result of my typing ability with this blog that I typed myself. Thanks Mom!