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Friday, November 25, 2005

Mothers Who Need To Get Lives

I am all for women -- even the ones I disagree with -- to raise their children as they deem fit. But this boycott of American Girl dolls struck me as ridiculous:

"Girls Inc.," one mother warned, "is pro-abortion and pro-contraception and pro all the other lies the secular world wants our girls to believe." Roman Catholic schools in Brookfield, Wis., and St. Louis canceled American Girl fashion shows, where girls were to dress up like their dolls. And the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago called for a boycott of American Girl, which is owned by Mattel.

Okay. As a stark reminder of the time religious fanatics outed Tinky Winky and SpongeBob SquarePants, religious mothers are now fuming over American Girl's decision to donate money to Girls Inc., a girl-empowerment organization that has a 141-year history. American Girl, by the way, is the antithesis of Barbie, representing normal-looking girls and teaching them wholesome American values. The dolls even come with books on where the dolls come from and from which period in American history.

While Girls, Inc. does provide girls with sex education, particularly low-income girls, I think the response from these women is evidence that we need organizations such as Girls, Inc.. If they are paranoid that their daughters won't speak to them about sex and must resort to visiting a Girls, Inc. center, then perhaps they should re-examine their own values. All companies -- including mommy favorites such as WalMart and Target -- give money to politicians and organizations that, sometimes, I don't agree with. But I am not going to boycott them and deny my family their favorite comforts.

I was encouraged by the letters to Newsweek, calling out these mothers and defending American Girl and Girls, Inc..


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