Perspectives on Race

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American Girl Dolls

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 When I was younger I always wanted the latest baby doll. I specifically remember begging for an American Girl doll but they were too expensive. All of the dolls in the collection are created to represent important events in American history. For instance, there is an African American doll- escaped slave Addie, a Jewish immigrant doll and several others. The most recent doll that the creators have come out with is a homeless doll. On the story card it says her husband left her and she has been evicted from her house along with her daughter. Now these dolls are not babies they are suppose to portray grown up people. However, the age range on the dolls is 8 and up. Controversy has arisen because people do not believe eight year old children are old enough to handle the fact that the doll is homeless. Dolls are supposed to bring joy and be a toy. I can understand if collectors want the doll but I think that this line of dolls may be a little extreme for young kids. It is good to teach young children about American history and basic facts of life but toys should be fun. A homeless doll is sad and it almost promotes homelessness. I could understand if some of the proceeds from the 95 dollar doll went to helping the homeless, but I do not think that is the case.


Written by rhenf1989

November 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree that a homeless doll is inappropriate for a child, but a doll that represents an escaped slave or a Jewish immigrant is already too extreme. If we’re willing to give kids these, then they should also be shown dolls that represent our current reality.


    November 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

  2. It is completely unnecessary for such stories to be attached to these American Girl dolls. Young school-aged girls who are desiring such dolls do not have the knowledge nor background to truly understand the stories behind each doll. A homeless doll? It is nonsense to think that a girl is supposed to understand or sympathize with these stories. In no way does this work to promote tolerance, as suggested. I feel as though instead of attaching such elaborate, historic stories to these dolls, they should each have different physical characteristics (eye color, hair color, hair styles, skin color, dress, etc.). This would serve as a more appropriate method for teaching tolerance.


    December 1, 2009 at 12:33 am

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