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Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Susan Linn
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.
"The baby genius industry is notorious for marketing products as educational, when in fact there is no evidence that they are," said Susan Linn, the director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, based in Boston, in The Times. "Parents deserve honest information about the educational value of the activities they choose for their children, and they are not getting it from these companies."
Children naturally begin to identify themselves as boys and girls around the ages of 3 and 4, said Susan Linn, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School.