Fury at toy set that puts Barbie back in the kitchen

Labour MP’s fury at ‘sexist’ pink kitchen for Barbie that’s set to become a ‘must-have’ for Christmas

  •  A toy set to be a Christmas best-seller has put Barbie back in the kitchen
  • The pink £49.99 Barbie Ultimate Kitchen includes an oven, a fryer, a fridge
  • Newcastle Labour MP Chi Onwurah said the toy could limit aspirations

Barbie has been a fighter pilot and astronaut – and worn a hijab.

But now a toy set to be a Christmas best-seller has put her back in the kitchen – infuriating gender equality campaigners. The pink £49.99 Barbie Ultimate Kitchen is in the top 12 dream Christmas toys listed by a Toy Retailers Association panel.

It includes an oven, a fryer, a fridge and a press for children to make chips and vegetables.

The pink £49.99 Barbie Ultimate Kitchen includes an oven, a fryer, a fridge


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Newcastle Labour MP Chi Onwurah attacked the toy yesterday saying it could limit aspirations.

She insisted: ‘I’d really like to know who is on this panel and why they insist little girls “must have” pink kitchens for Christmas.

‘Girls and boys shouldn’t have their imaginations – and ultimately their careers – limited by toy marketers.’

Miss Onwurah stressed: ‘Toys should help them discover what they love to do – not keep them in the kitchen.’

However, industry analyst Frederique Tutt defended the toy, saying: ‘It’s all about lifestyle now with Barbie dolls. She’s not just a housewife cooking for Ken. She’s watched the Great British Bake Off and she’s being innovative with her cooking.’

 

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