Skip to comments.American Girl vs. American Girls
Posted on 10/16/2005 6:18:45 AM PDT by Salvation
|American Girl vs. American Girls
|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.
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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 wont allow her there alone. Ironically, the content of girlsinc.com isnt 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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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.
**why they start with the messages so young.**
Absolutely. Yet so sad.
But we can boycott "American Girl" dolls this Christmas. That's how the truth works!
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.
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.
What I don't get is the obsession with a doll. We never had collections like that and certainly not to play with.
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.
Oh I'm not at all surprised. I pulled my youngest out of Girl Scouts eight years ago.
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.
Gave them up for Lent one year and never went back.
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.
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!
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!"
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