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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Debbie Sterling
A 13-year-old girl's campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn't purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play — can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that tends to reflect traditional gender roles.
"There's a lot of parents out there; they're conditioned by this. They won't even pick up something if it doesn't cue that it's a girl," Ms. Sterling said. "I don't want girls to miss out on GoldieBlox because it wasn't overtly messaged for them, at least in the early stages."
"I felt like I was in the 1950s," she said. "The girls section was pink. It was teaching a girl how to be a housewife, and a princess and pop star."