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American Girl vs. American Girls
Catholic Exchange.com ^ | 10-15-05 | Elizabeth Foss

Posted on 10/16/2005 6:18:45 AM PDT by Salvation

by Elizabeth Foss

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American Girl vs. American Girls
10/15/05


Every night, when I put my daughters to sleep, I snuggle next to them under the pink, rose-festooned canopy over their bed. We talk about all sorts of things and I stay until they drift off.

During the quiet time before the blanket of sleep envelopes my little girls, I gaze through the semi-darkness at the dolls on the shelves opposite the bed. The dolls are lined up after a day of play, a beautiful, tangible testimony to the innocence of girlhood.

They are American Girl dolls and they are an integral part of feminine childhood in our home. Some of the dolls were acquired on trips with Daddy to American Girl Place in New York and Chicago. Some were the single gift left under the tree for a little girl on Christmas morning. The dolls have afforded my girls hours of imaginative play alone, together and with friends. The beauty and the richness of the accessories inspire girls to play with dolls long after one would expect them to have moved on to more “mature” playthings. Usually, I look at those dolls and think about all that’s right with my daughters’ lives.

On this night though, the same dolls bring tears to my eyes. I’m contemplating American Girl’s new partnership. American Girl has launched a new campaign, with a popular rubber bracelet just for girls. Called the “I Can Bracelet,” it is sold on the American Girl website with an ad and the assurance that “American Girl will give 70 cents for every dollar of “I CAN” band sales, plus a $50,000 donation, to Girls Inc.®, a national organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” The problem is that Girls Inc. threatens both the innocence and the morality of our daughters.

With regard to reproductive freedom for girls, part of the expressed mission statement of Girls, Inc. is

To make responsible decisions about sexuality, pregnancy and parenthood, girls need and have a right to sensitive, truthful sexuality education; convenient access to safe, effective methods of contraception and protection from disease; and referral to comprehensive information, counseling, clinical and other services that support their responsible decisions….

We recognize the right of all women to choose whether, when, and under what circumstances to bear children. Reproductive freedom and responsibility are essential to other rights and opportunities, including pursuit of education, employment, financial security and a stable and fulfilling family life. Restrictions of reproductive choice are especially burdensome for young women and poor women. Girls Incorporated supports a woman’s freedom of choice, a constitutional right established by the US. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade.
Continuing along the mission page, there are links to resources to aid a girl in the exploration of sexual orientation and they state that “The emergence of a lesbian identity is an ongoing process, rather than an event.”

So much for spending time online with my daughter at Americangirl.com, planning tea parties and compiling Christmas wish-lists. The page of innocence is no more. Any web-savvy eight-year-old can find her way from the American Girl page to girlsinc.com, though our blocking software won’t allow her there alone. Ironically, the content of girlsinc.com isn’t suitable for girls.

My little girls settled into sleep, I step from the bed and stumble over a Bitty Baby. The first American Girl doll we ever had, this is “Baby Jimmy,” given to Mary Beth when she was two by our friend, Jim. Baby Jimmy, along with several other Bitty Babies, has been tenderly loved in our home. Just a few days ago, my three-year-old held Baby Jimmy on her lap, with one each of the Bitty Twins in a toy high chair and a rocking infant seat. As she rocked the seat with her foot, she pretended to nurse Baby Jimmy. She was just a little girl in a pro-life home, practicing for the day when she will embrace the culture of life. And it was a tender moment. The baby dolls are as beautiful as the eighteen-inch dolls. The curve of a cheek, the purse of the lips, and attention to detail make them sweet babies for little girls to love. Apparently, though, American Girl is only nurturing a love of plastic dolls. The company does not encourage a love of real babies, nor do they concern themselves with the rights of unborn girls to life, the rights of little girls to innocence or the rights of us all to hold on to a toy that is “good, desirable and of good report.”

Please join the many, many parents who are expressing their outrage and disappointment to American Girl. Call American Girl at 1-800-360-1861 or email from
here. Maybe, together, we can all reclaim a little bit of joy and innocence in the lives of our little girls.


Elizabeth Foss is a freelance writer from northern Virginia. Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss can be purchased at www.4reallearning.com.


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1 posted on 10/16/2005 6:18:46 AM PDT by Salvation
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Please join the many, many parents who are expressing their outrage and disappointment to American Girl. Call American Girl at 1-800-360-1861 or email from here. Maybe, together, we can all reclaim a little bit of joy and innocence in the lives of our little girls.
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BTTT!

2 posted on 10/16/2005 6:20:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Siobhan; Lady In Blue; NYer; american colleen; Pyro7480; livius; ...
Catholic Action Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Action Ping List.

3 posted on 10/16/2005 6:21:45 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

They're never going to give up, are they?

It's never been about legality or morality, but social acceptance. That can't be legislated, which is why the courts must be used - and why they start with the messages so young.


4 posted on 10/16/2005 6:31:43 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Salvation

bump


5 posted on 10/16/2005 6:38:24 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (also enjoy the occasional kick of a puppy.)
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To: Salvation
So much for spending time online with my daughter at Americangirl.com, planning tea parties and compiling Christmas wish-lists.

That's how propaganda works
6 posted on 10/16/2005 6:39:38 AM PDT by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: Desdemona

**why they start with the messages so young.**

Absolutely. Yet so sad.


7 posted on 10/16/2005 6:39:52 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Vision

But we can boycott "American Girl" dolls this Christmas. That's how the truth works!


8 posted on 10/16/2005 6:40:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Outraged bump


9 posted on 10/16/2005 6:48:35 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: T Minus Four

Agree!


10 posted on 10/16/2005 6:50:06 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; All

http://www.visionforum.com/beautifulgirlhood/productlist.aspx?categoryid=43

Vision Forum has a line of dolls, costumes, historical books and accessories. We have not bought these, as they are out of our price range for toys (and our girls are very influenced by their brothers :-), but reviews from those who have say that the quality is as good as American Girls dolls were originally, before the Mattel buyout.

Vision Forum is an outstanding pro-life, pro-family, pro-American organization.


11 posted on 10/16/2005 6:53:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: T Minus Four

But are you surprised?

I carpool with some friends to rehearsal and we were comparing ice cream preferences and one of them said to be of a local, homemade label, "Is it better than Ben & Jerry's"? And I said, I haven't had Ben & Jerry's in so long I don't know. I was asked why, and I explained that they are open supporters of NOW, NARAL and Planned Parenthood and I was not going to spend my money in a place that openly supports a cause I find immoral. All I got in return was silence.

I actually find it interesting that it took this long for such a truth to come out.


12 posted on 10/16/2005 6:55:51 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Tax-chick

What I don't get is the obsession with a doll. We never had collections like that and certainly not to play with.


13 posted on 10/16/2005 6:58:17 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona

Dolls were never my thing, either. I wanted guns! My two younger girls have a couple of Barbies and two or three "Groovy Girls" (cloth dolls) that they play with sometimes, but they'd rather be outside playing Civil War.


14 posted on 10/16/2005 7:01:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: Desdemona

Oh I'm not at all surprised. I pulled my youngest out of Girl Scouts eight years ago.


15 posted on 10/16/2005 7:04:00 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Tax-chick

I had dolls and loved them above all else. I still have my favorites. But nothing that was a name brand, except for one Madame Alexander and I wasn't allowed to play with her. I still have her, too.

And we weren't allowed to have Barbies. We did have Chrissie dolls and some one of the aunts made a huge wardrobe of outfits for them.

Oh, well. We thought having our own record players was quite a boon.


16 posted on 10/16/2005 7:05:26 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: T Minus Four
I pulled my youngest out of Girl Scouts eight years ago.

Gave them up for Lent one year and never went back.

17 posted on 10/16/2005 7:06:26 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona

IN My experience, when I make an announcement like that, my liberal friends and family lie in wait for months trying to "catch" me buying something that they can prove is traced back to a "suspect" cause".

You can only do what you can. We switched from Costco to Sam's Club because my husband objected to Costco's politics. I refuse to support the Susan G Komen foundation because of ties to Planned Parenthood. But we certainly can't do exhaustive research into a company's money trail every time we get our oil changed or purchase a box of cereal. But we try to keep our ears open and be aware.



18 posted on 10/16/2005 7:10:32 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Desdemona

I still have my Adame Alexander doll too. I wasn't real big on dolls and neither were my girls (we'd rather play "fort" and "war" with the boys) but I still loved her. When my girls were little, they could gently play with my old Cindy if they were sick in bed.

My mom objected to the whole Barbie marketing scheme so we never had them either.

And it WAS a big deal to have your own record player!


19 posted on 10/16/2005 7:16:10 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Desdemona

My kids would think having a record player was quite a treat, too! I usually say, "When you have a job and your own apartment, you can buy whatever electronics you want!"


20 posted on 10/16/2005 7:17:36 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: Salvation

They mut be tied to the "American Girl" magazine aimed at "tween" girls. My daughter subscribed for a few years. It seemed harmless but I'd read each new edition looking for subversive messages.


21 posted on 10/16/2005 7:26:58 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: All
Call NOW:

1-800-845-0005

It takes two minutes. Just do pick up the phone and do it.

22 posted on 10/16/2005 9:26:41 AM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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To: Lil'freeper; big'ol_freeper

Ping


23 posted on 10/16/2005 9:30:51 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: T Minus Four
I refuse to support the Susan G Komen foundation because of ties to Planned Parenthood.

I do as well - and looking at the list of corporate sponsors Komen has, it looks like some of us will be giving up our choice of athletic shoes, clothes, cars, and all sorts of other products and services.

24 posted on 10/16/2005 1:24:42 PM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona

American Girl stuff is seriously expensive and I can't imagine buying it for any child of mine in the first place. But for sure I wouldn't buy it now.

I never played with dolls as a kid -- I have a nice collection of Major Matt Mason space toys, collected because the nuns told me that girls could never be astronauts, only mommies, teachers, nurses and if they were too stupid to go to university, secretaries (all of this 'until you marry'). But my oldest boy had a "Ginny" doll until he was 4 or 5, a 'little girl' doll from the 1950s that he carried in his backpack and called 'my friend'.

My youngest sister taught her daughter that Barbie is 'a drain on society'. She actually said that once in FAO Schwartz, ("There's Barbie, she's a drain on society!") which considerably startled the women who heard her.


25 posted on 10/16/2005 3:07:28 PM PDT by KateatRFM
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks for that wonderful link!


26 posted on 10/16/2005 3:22:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Desdemona

**I was not going to spend my money in a place that openly supports a cause I find immoral**

Good for you!


27 posted on 10/16/2005 3:23:36 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Tax-chick

Way to go!


28 posted on 10/16/2005 3:24:50 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: KateatRFM

American Girl dolls are geared towards the girl who has out-grown playing baby dolls. At first, the dolls were from specific historical periods. They were very interesting in that they could make a period of history come alive for a pre-teen girl. The doll could help delay(?) the start of the whole teen-age rush to boys and all that that entails.

It was a beautiful concept. I hope many mothers call. I know I will. Not because of my daughter, she has officially out-grown them, but for other girls who deserve a buffer between childhood and womanhood. Girls are forced to grow up too fast now-a-days...


29 posted on 10/16/2005 4:36:30 PM PDT by CatQuilt (GLSEN is evil)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for the ping, Salvation. I already did most of my Christmas shopping and I actually made a large AG purchase this year. We also love to visit the NYC American Girl Place store when we're up there. But no more, although it kills me. These dolls are accessorized like no other. They really bring the past alive for little girls. Why don't they just stick to selling dolls? Kind of like "shut up and sing" but "shut up and sell dolls!"

And although I normally welcome the opportunity to indoctrinate my children into all things conservative (taxes, morality, etc...) I am sickened that this company has forced my hand by making me explain to my seven year old that she will not be getting new American Girl products because they support killing babies!

I'll be calling in the morning. Perhaps if enough of us take action, we can get this policy changed!


30 posted on 10/16/2005 5:27:50 PM PDT by GatorGirl
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To: Diago

I will definately be calling in the morning. Let's all do after-action reports on our calls. Wonder if we'll get real people?


31 posted on 10/16/2005 5:59:54 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Desdemona
looking at the list of corporate sponsors Komen has, it looks like some of us will be giving up our choice of athletic shoes, clothes, cars, and all sorts of other products and services.

I hear a rumor that SGK is collecting for the Katrina victims.

32 posted on 10/16/2005 6:02:21 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Salvation

Madison, Wisconsin's own Pleasant Rowland started "The Pleasant Company" which invented The American Girl dolls.

She sold out to Mattel for untold millions.

Here's what our local socialist rag, with the help of the leftist AP, had to say about this yesterday:

Conservatives Diss American Girl
By David Crary - Associated Press
October 15, 2005

NEW YORK -- American Girl, manufacturer of a highly popular line of dolls and children's books, has become the target of conservative activists threatening a boycott unless the toy maker cuts off contributions to a youth organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.

The protest is directed at an ongoing American Girl campaign in which proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization which describes its mission as "inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold."

American Girl, whose often patriotic products have long had a loyal following among conservatives, issued a statement Friday defending its support of Girls Inc. and assailing the protest campaign.

"We are profoundly disappointed that certain groups have chosen to misconstrue American Girl's purely altruistic efforts and turn them into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position," the statement said.

The Mississippi-based American Family Association, in a campaign launched Wednesday, is urging its members to demand that American Girl halt support for Girls Inc., which it called "a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group."

"Let American Girl know they are making a terrible mistake," AFA chairman Don Wildmon said in a statement. The AFA says it has more than 2.2 million members.

The Pro-Life Action League, a Chicago-based anti-abortion group, also is asking supporters to contact American Girl to express dismay. The league's executive director, Ann Scheidler, said her organization might call for a boycott of American Girl's products and organize picketing at its stores in Chicago and New York if the company doesn't sever ties with Girls Inc.

"Parents need to know that this effort to promote self-esteem among girls is not as innocent as it seems," Scheidler said. "While Girls Inc. has some good programs, they also support abortion, oppose abstinence-only education for girls, and condone lesbianism."

American Girl, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., said the "I Can" initiative supports three specific Girls Inc. programs -- building girls' skills in science and math, developing leadership skills, and encouraging athletic skills and team spirit.

"All of these aims are appropriate to our 7- to 12-year-old American Girl fans," the company said. "The American Girl brand exemplifies the values of wholesomeness and responsibility that we would expect any organization to commend."

Girls Inc., which traces its roots back to a center founded in Waterbury, Conn., in 1864, serves about 800,000 girls a year, many of them black or Hispanic and most from low-income families.

The "advocacy" page on its Web site lists some of the positions that roused conservative ire - for example, a clear endorsement of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision establishing a woman's right to abortion.

Girls Inc. also supports a girl's right to have access to contraception and pledges support for girls dealing with issues of sexual orientation.

Joyce Roche, the president of Girls Inc., said the New York-based organization had never before been targeted by a protest campaign.

"We were taken aback," she said in a telephone interview Friday. "Our programs are well respected. We're all about helping girls see possibilities and dream big dreams."

She said Girls Inc. takes positions on public policy issues if it believes women's rights and opportunities are at stake. "Our philosophy is that women should have the right to make decisions about themselves," Roche said.

One of the protest coordinators, American Family Association special projects director Randy Sharp, said the campaign was noteworthy because American Girl's products have long been favored by conservatives. Its dolls (full-sized models sell for more than $80) include a series from different eras of American history -- such as Felicity, from the Revolutionary War, or Addy, who escapes from slavery during the Civil War.

"American Girl has won the trust of millions of conservative families," Sharp said. "It's very popular among the home school movement because of the values the company followed."

"Now we find they're teaming up with Girls Inc., which supports the very things we oppose. It's very troubling."

Sharp said the AFA was not yet ready to call for a boycott, but he predicted that many conservative families, including his own, would be reluctant to keep buying American Girl products. "I think no question this will have a financial impact on American Girl," he said.

http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories//index.php?ntid=57927&ntpid=2


33 posted on 10/16/2005 6:24:40 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Salvation

Happy to help -- I figured there must be someone out there looking for alternative dolls of a similar kind.


34 posted on 10/16/2005 6:36:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
We're all about helping girls see possibilities and dream big dreams.

Especially if they dream of scr#wing around, contracting STD's, and having abortions.

35 posted on 10/16/2005 6:40:00 PM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: T Minus Four
I will definately be calling in the morning. Let's all do after-action reports on our calls. Wonder if we'll get real people?

My wife and I have both called. Someone answers very quickly. She will deny American Girls has any position on abortion and state that the funds donated are merely for girls' sports and academic programs.

When I called today they requested my last name, zip code and phone number. Something they had not done with my wife on Friday.

I did not want to debate the lady so simply told her that as long as they continued to associate with Girls Inc, our family would not be buying any of its products.

No time was spent on hold. The complaint was registered and the whole thing took less then 5 minutes.

1-800-845-0005

36 posted on 10/16/2005 6:40:42 PM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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From AFA:

Mattel Chairman Bob Eckert - Jules.Andres@mattel.com
American Girl President Ellen Brothers - ellen.brothers@americangirl.com
Public Relations Susan Jevens - susan.jevens@americangirl.com

Please tell American Girl (owned by Mattel) you are disappointed that they are now aligning themselves with Girls Inc., a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group.


37 posted on 10/16/2005 6:42:53 PM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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From AFA:

Mattel Chairman Bob Eckert - Jules.Andres@mattel.com
American Girl President Ellen Brothers - ellen.brothers@americangirl.com
Public Relations Susan Jevens - susan.jevens@americangirl.com

Please tell American Girl (owned by Mattel) you are disappointed that they are now aligning themselves with Girls Inc., a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group.


38 posted on 10/16/2005 6:43:23 PM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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To: Tax-chick

do they play the right side, or do they play the north???


39 posted on 10/16/2005 8:36:03 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic, will be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure society!)
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To: KateatRFM

what?? they have a "welfare queen Barbie?" would have to include a toy dilapadated trailer and miniaturized EBT card....


40 posted on 10/16/2005 8:39:26 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic, will be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure society!)
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To: CatQuilt

No they're not.. just keep them away from The Limited and Abercrombie and Fitch (Aeropostale and American Eagle are iffy sometimes, but ok for the most part...)... definitely don't take them to the GAP, that is short for "gay and proud."


41 posted on 10/16/2005 8:42:51 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic, will be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure society!)
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To: Salvation

Did you get that?

"a woman’s freedom of choice, a constitutional right established by the US. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade."

Now, I'm not sure but I think they just said the Supreme Court, in 1973, somehow conjured up a new a constitutional right out of thin air. The left is ever so clever...


42 posted on 10/16/2005 9:18:51 PM PDT by One Truth
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To: Desdemona
We never had collections like that and certainly not to play with.

I remember my older sister having a Shirley Temple doll that she took very good care of. I was the kid who operated on her dolls! The only collection I ever got, and believe I have kicked myself for not having the foresight as a 6 y.o. to hold on to this collection for the big bucks I'd now have,(just kidding), was the original Barbie doll. The doll, a complete set of clothes and available accessories was purchased for me that Christmas by my father's co-workers because my mother was close to death from cancer. If memory serves, Barbie is a Mattel toy and now the American Girl Dolls are as well? How sad. I wonder what we would have thought had we known back in 1959 just how much our culture was going to abandoned life.

43 posted on 10/17/2005 3:12:15 AM PDT by Diva
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To: Schwaeky

They couldn't have a "Welfare Queen Barbie". Barbie is from California. I believe my sister meant that Barbie's excessive materialism is a drain on society, as it encourages girls to focus on shopping and clothes rather than meaningful work.


44 posted on 10/17/2005 3:58:37 AM PDT by KateatRFM
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To: Diva
I wonder what we would have thought had we known back in 1959 just how much our culture was going to abandoned life.

My parents were still in school at the time, but I suspect that some parts of the culture had already abandoned life at that point.

When I was little, we had the original Playschool stuff, complete with wooden, not plastic figurines. Too bad we played with it.

45 posted on 10/17/2005 4:30:35 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: T Minus Four
I hear a rumor that SGK is collecting for the Katrina victims.

Possibly, but I gave to another agency.

46 posted on 10/17/2005 4:31:40 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: KateatRFM
I never played with dolls as a kid -- I have a nice collection of Major Matt Mason space toys, collected because the nuns told me that girls could never be astronauts, only mommies, teachers, nurses and if they were too stupid to go to university, secretaries (all of this 'until you marry'). But my oldest boy had a "Ginny" doll until he was 4 or 5, a 'little girl' doll from the 1950s that he carried in his backpack and called 'my friend'.

Well, we had dolls. And a dress up box and a playhouse that my dad built. My brothers had Tonka, Lego and things they threw out of second story windows with parachutes.

The teachers (not all nuns) told us we could be whatever we wanted to be and all I wanted to be then - and now - is a mother. Opera comes a close second.

47 posted on 10/17/2005 4:37:18 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks for the link. We have three Bitty Babies in our house. Two were gifts, and they were purchased before Mattel bought the company. Our oldest girls never played with dolls much. They read. A lot. Our middle daughter likes dolls, but she would rather play outside with her friends. Our #7 child loves dolls. She loves to play make-believe. She mothers every stuffed animal and every doll we have. All the dolls we bought for the oldest three girls have finally been put to use. And it is so sweet to watch her. I can't tell what our youngest will like.

Our oldest daughter loved the Elsie Dinsmore books we found years ago. Even when she had sort of outgrown the books, she begged me to buy her more for Christmas one year. I wish there were more good, wholesome books for tweens and teens.


48 posted on 10/17/2005 5:03:18 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Schwaeky

Usually the younger children have to be the Yanks. Can't fight a war with just one side!


49 posted on 10/17/2005 5:31:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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To: petitfour

My girls just don't play with dolls much. They nuture the stuffed animals, instead. 5-foot snakes are very cuddly, I guess :-).


50 posted on 10/17/2005 5:32:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When bad things happen, conservatives get over it!)
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