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American Girls Response (to outraged parents)
email from American Girl, corporate office | October 26, 2005

Posted on 10/27/2005 4:19:00 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie

Dear Ms. M,

Thank you for your letter expressing your disappointment with American Girl's affiliation with Girls Inc. We apologize for the delayed response and appreciate the opportunity to reply to your concerns.

American Girl has always encouraged young girls to achieve their best. The "I CAN" program is one of the many philanthropic endeavors undertaken by our company. Our goal with "I CAN" is to help millions of girls realize that they are unique, talented, and full of amazing possibilities?while reinforcing the idea that helping others achieve is also an important part of life.

Donations raised through I CAN support three distinct programs offered by Girls Inc., our 2005 benefit partner. One builds skills in math and science (Operation SMART®), another develops leadership skills (Discovery Leadership®), and a third encourages athletic skills and a collaborative spirit (Sporting Chance®). All of these aims are appropriate to our 7- to 12-year-old audience and allow us to make a significant impact on numerous girls in high-risk, underserved areas.

We are profoundly disappointed that our purely altruistic efforts have been turned into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position. As with all of the thousands of nonprofit organizations we support, our singular objective is to make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of all young girls. This is, and will always be, our priority.

We hope this information helps provide a better understanding of the situation. Please be assured that we have noted your comments, and thank you again for sharing your concerns.

Sincerely,

American Girl® Customer Service Phone: 1-800-845-0005 or 608-831-5210 Fax: 608-828-4790 Available Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Central Time


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KEYWORDS: americangirl; culturewar; girlsinc; girlsinccom
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The original email that elicited this response is polite and quite apolitical. Here it is:

Original Message Follows: ------------------------ To Whom it May Concern,

I have always been impressed with the American Girl experience when I have visited Chicago, and have planned for years to purchase an American Girl doll for my daughter, when she is a little older (4 currently). I was surprised to see links to Girls, Inc. on your website today. I followed the link to this organization, and was shocked and dismayed that American Girl would be promoting this group to its target audience (I assume young girls, below about age 13 or so). The Girls, Inc. website included information about questioning sexual identity, drugs, teen pregnancy, teen sex, and much other information that I find completely inappropriate for a child or even a young girl. I applaud American Girl for it's mission to empower girls and help them reach their fullest potential, but I question whether an affiliation with this particular organization meets that end, or simply exposes young girls to information they are not equipped to handle at such a young age. I sincerely hope that American Girl reconsiders its association with Girls Inc. in light of these issues.

Thank you for your time.

Sherri M.

1 posted on 10/27/2005 4:19:01 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: ChocChipCookie

Wow thanks for the heads-up. I love it when corporations say 'they have no stance'...nice.


2 posted on 10/27/2005 4:21:28 PM PDT by RushCrush (The Original Harriet Miers Free Zone )
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To: ChocChipCookie
As with all of the thousands of nonprofit organizations we support

Thousands, huh. Wherever do they find the time.

3 posted on 10/27/2005 4:21:48 PM PDT by evolved_rage
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To: ChocChipCookie

Your intial letter was fabulous - there response less than great - but in time, they may choose other organizations to support.


4 posted on 10/27/2005 4:21:53 PM PDT by justche (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Damn straight, I'll cast the first stone!" - MeanWestTexan)
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To: justche

there=their


5 posted on 10/27/2005 4:22:19 PM PDT by justche (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Damn straight, I'll cast the first stone!" - MeanWestTexan)
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To: ChocChipCookie

YOu wrote a great letter. I'm disappointed that American Girl doesn't see the error of their association with Girls, Inc. Perhaps they will reconsider after they've been hit by economic sanctions.


6 posted on 10/27/2005 4:25:41 PM PDT by Trust but Verify (( ))
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To: ChocChipCookie
Uh, so what exactly was their response? (rolleyes)
7 posted on 10/27/2005 4:29:36 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: ChocChipCookie
All of these aims are appropriate to our 7- to 12-year-old audience and allow us to make a significant impact on numerous girls in high-risk, underserved areas.

Impact? What kind of impact? Why don't they just give the "numerous girls" one of their high-dollar dolls? I've got four of them and for them to even think of associating themselves with this group I will never buy another But no, they want to actually assist this group into inserting themselves in young girls' lives. Wrong Wrong Wrong

8 posted on 10/27/2005 4:29:59 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
In their "response," AG ignores how by promoting Girls Inc.--a highly politicized organization that openly advocates homosexuality, abortion, and premarital sex--they themselves are thus promoting those same immoral positions.

We got the AG catalog recently, but no purchases from us any more--not unless AG severs its ties with Girls Inc.

9 posted on 10/27/2005 4:30:38 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Former AG customer)
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To: ChocChipCookie

I hope that enough parents learn this that American Girl can be persuaded to go down the drain they prepare for our children.

Since I already refuse to touch Esprit because of their support for what I view as foul, I won't have much trouble here, either.


10 posted on 10/27/2005 4:32:50 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: RushCrush

What a non-answer from AG. They sure took a lot of words to say nothing.


11 posted on 10/27/2005 4:34:17 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Great email that you wrote.

That is not true that they didn't mean for their "good works" to get political. Gee whiz. They didn't need to sexualize their audience at all. That is political all in itself.

They could have helped the "underserved" population of little girls by delivering free dolls and books to poor communities that showed advances (Girls' Clubs, Girl Scouts, etc.) in helping educate girls. Or even given free things to girls in foster care. Those donations would have been far more meaningful.

12 posted on 10/27/2005 4:35:42 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: All

A friend of mine was able to speak with one of the upper level managers of American Girl on the phone and gave me a blow-by-blow account of that conversation.

He didn't directly answer her questions and flip flopped around. She asked him if American Girl supported young girls getting information that was pro-lesbian, pro-abortion, etc. He said no, but that Girls Inc. did. He said AG would not sell that type of material or have it as a resource, but, again, GirlsInc does. "The two organizations are separate entities."

I have to give my friend a lot of credit for being gutsy. She told him that birds of a feather flock together, and if AG wasn't going in the same direction as GirlsInc, they'd better separate themselves now. She went on to tell him that she believed there were many, many more parents with values like hers' than those of Girls Inc.

Well, this manager/exec or whatever he was, actually told my friend to write a paper letter to their corporate headquarters and that would generate more concern on the part of their home office. Their corporate address is:

American Girl
8400 Fairway Place
Middleton, WI 53562-0190


13 posted on 10/27/2005 4:39:18 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Democrats: soulless minions of orthodoxy.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

We are profoundly disappointed that our purely altruistic efforts have been turned into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position.

What they are saying is: "it's not us, its you that is the problem."


14 posted on 10/27/2005 4:41:58 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

As you can see, the response was not related to your letter.


15 posted on 10/27/2005 4:43:32 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Calpernia; Salvation; ermmt; Kentucky; SvdByFaith; ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton
Well, this manager/exec or whatever he was, actually told my friend to write a paper letter to their corporate headquarters and that would generate more concern on the part of their home office. Their corporate address is:

American Girl

8400 Fairway Place

Middleton, WI 53562-0190

16 posted on 10/27/2005 4:48:15 PM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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To: ChocChipCookie

I wrote a similar letter, my main objection was linking little girls (their products are aimed mainly at girls 8 and up) with a website that even MENTIONS sex, contraception, "reproductive choice" to use their euphemism etc. through the AG site. I may just be missing it but it appears to me that the link to girlsinc.org has been removed, though the organization continues to be promoted. It's not much, but a small victory nonetheless.

BTW I wanted to cry when the huge beautiful catalog arrived in the mail the other day. I immediately hid it so my girls wouldn't see it-hope my willpower holds out(I should've trashed it).


17 posted on 10/27/2005 4:49:00 PM PDT by sanemom
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Because of the publicity this is getting it is very important that folks call and complain. This is a big, big test of the strength of the pro-life movement:


Call 1-800-845-0005 to complain.












Two alternatives:

http://www.visionforum.com/beautifulgirlhood/about/


http://faith.edu/bookstore/gifts/doll.htm



















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.


You can also contact: Ellen L. Brothers, President, American Girl, 8400 Fairway Place, Middleton, WI 53562, Tel: 1-800-845-0005, Fax: 608-828-4790.



18 posted on 10/27/2005 4:51:24 PM PDT by Diago (http://www.freekatie.net/)
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To: ChocChipCookie; thompsonsjkc; odoso; animoveritas; mercygrace; Laissez-faire capitalist; ...

Moral Absolutes Ping.

You may remember a couple of articles about the American Girl dolls and where its money goes. Here's a non-reponse response from the company. Apparently it doesn't bother them that their money promotes teen abortion, homosexual experimentation and similar other social ills.

Just you know!

Freepmail me if you want on/off this pinglist.

Note that these organizations helping girls are always helping them with math, science, leadership skills, and so on but never promote being a good wife and mother. Hmmm. Are those vital roles out of fashion? If girls don't aspire to be good wives and mothers, what will happen to the country?


19 posted on 10/27/2005 4:52:38 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: Yaelle
Someone posted here that Girls Inc is the former Girls Clubs of America. I think it's true because the Girls Inc. website says they were founded 140 years ago, and I doubt there was an entity known as Girls Incorporated back in the 1800's!
20 posted on 10/27/2005 4:54:08 PM PDT by sanemom
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