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What Do Mattel’s Barbie and Thomas & Friends Have in Common and Why Should You Care?

Challenging the Rhetoric

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By Cheri Roberts of Challenging the Rhetoric and Cheri Speak

Toys have come a long way since I was a kid in the early ’70s. Handheld water toys were quickly replaced with handheld electronic toys. I remember the first handheld football and blackjack games — the precursor for GameBoy, seemed designed more to entertain adults than kids however; many parents discovered these gadgets afforded them endless minutes of “free-time” while their kids, head bent in concentration and awe, first began absorbing themselves in the world of tech.

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These new games could be loaded with batteries, handed to a child anywhere at anytime, and wallah, instant babysitter. While not enough can be said about the pure evolution of “lazy” in America; this isn’t about lazy kids, it’s about unquestioning parents.

Hello Barbie!

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More toy-makers are pushing the limits of intrusion and it seems many parents are…

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