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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Susan Linn
America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.
A new study finds no evidence to believe claims that babies gain an edge when using "educational" products. Some parents still believed their infants learn more than they would have, however.
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.
The company that persuaded hundreds of thousands of parents to buy Your Baby Can Read products is going out of business, citing the high cost of fighting complaints saying its ads were false.
Lip service or sea change? Skeptics wonder whether Vogue magazine's vow to ban models under 16 or those of any age with visible signs of eating disorders is more hype than health.
Linn said she communicated privately with the Girl Scouts last year, hoping they would end the Mattel partnership without the need for a public advocacy campaign, but those efforts failed.
She said the Barbie patch - targeted at 5-to-8-year-old Daisies and Brownies - would transform these girls into "walking advertisements."