Free to Be... You and Me

Let me start this by saying I’m really sorry.
As a young child, I had mixed reactions to the concept of feminism.
There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.
It's fascinating to see all of this anger and frustration spill out into the media, both social and traditional. But in my humble (and very debatable) opinion, by the time we're old enough to talk about this issue with authority, it's too late.
If you grew up or raised children during the 1970s, there's a good chance you remember "Free to Be...You and Me", the groundbreaking children's record, book and TV special that debuted in 1972. Conceived and co-produced by Marlo Thomas, "Free to Be...You and Me" offered kids a fresh alternative to rigid cultural stereotypes that prevailed in the media during the "Leave it to Beaver" era.
It's one thing to refrain from gender-stereotyped gift-giving as a parent, but another to raise girls who cherish toy machine guns and boys who cradle baby dolls like the girls and boys Photoshopped -- yes, Photoshopped -- into the Swedish catalog.
Granted, with sister's new baby and my visit and all, parenting was on my mind. But all through the show it was all I could think about.
The success of web-based interactive dolls like Webkinz indicates that boys respond to toys that tap into their fatherly instincts; for the month of October alone, boys made up 36% of the site's visitors.