Regarding Judy Mann's column of Nov. 21, Parker Brothers is not the only game manufacturer guilty of sexually stereotyping girls and women. Milton Bradley's game "Sweet Valley High" advertises: "have the right clothes, get the right boy.'' The goal is to get a date for the prom, but watch out, your best friend ''might steal him away.'' This game is marketed to 8-year-old girls.
Parents trying to instill the right values and attitudes in their children often find it a losing battle. My husband and I have taken great pains not to limit our daughter's opportunities or sexually stereotype her in any way. Yet she seems to have picked up the subtle and not-so-subtle messages that society, friends and school give out. You can imagine how distressing it is to hear her tell us that boys are better than girls and that a woman can't be president. She's not even 5 years old, and already she's wise to the barriers women face.
Toys, and the advertising for them, have a powerful influence on young children. Unfortunately most toy and game manufacturers have no sense of social responsibility, which should accompany such power and influence. Our children and our society are the victims.
JILL ROBINSON Rockville