American Girl Related: Girls Inc on defensive


#1

Girls Inc has now posted this intro on their website:

girlsinc.org/ic/intro.php

It states that “our mission to help girls develop their self-esteem and self-reliance has become the target of false, inflammatory statements from people who are pursuing a narrow political agenda”

What a load of cr*p.

In addition to contacting American Girl, please email Girls Inc and let THEM know what you think of their agenda that clearly supports Roe v Wade, contraception and abortion for girls, and opposes abstinence education.


#2

[quote=1ke]Girls Inc has now posted this intro on their website:

girlsinc.org/ic/intro.php

It states that “our mission to help girls develop their self-esteem and self-reliance has become the target of false, inflammatory statements from people who are pursuing a narrow political agenda”

What a load of cr*p.

In addition to contacting American Girl, please email Girls Inc and let THEM know what you think of their agenda that clearly supports Roe v Wade, contraception and abortion for girls, and opposes abstinence education.
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Ha! I’m glad they are on the defensive! Maybe the calls & emails to American Girl Doll is making a difference?!


#3

I just sent a comment on the Girls Inc page: Here it is:

Exactly what false statements are we making? Do you not provide girls with information about contracepton? Did you not lobby against “abstinence only” program funding? Do you not support the decision of Roe V. Wade? Do you not work against discrimination based on sexual orientation? Did a representative of your organizaton not admit that part of helping girls make reproductive choices does NOT include information about possible health problems following an abortion, increased chance of miscarriage in future pregancies, possible inability to have future children, the link between abortion and breast cancer, possible emotional distress resulting from a regretted abortion, the development of the baby, the baby’s ability to feel pain during an abortion, or alternatives to help her decide to keep the baby?

I’m sure many of your programs are worthwhile. And you say you have served 800,000 girls. How wonderful that you are able to serve the girls whose mothers chose to keep them.

What we are protesting is that American Girl is giving you funds. American Girl, the company who promotes wholesome ideals. American Girl who is against “girls growing up to fast due to influences pushing them toward woman-hood at too early an age at the expense of their innocence”

I wish you success in inspiring girls to be strong smart and bold (the ones who make it past their mothers wombs, at least) Just don’t do it with my money.


#4

Copy and paste. :slight_smile:

Gonna send them an email.

[quote=Arlene]I just sent a comment on the Girls Inc page: Here it is:

Exactly what false statements are we making? Do you not provide girls with information about contracepton? Did you not lobby against “abstinence only” program funding? Do you not support the decision of Roe V. Wade? Do you not work against discrimination based on sexual orientation? Did a representative of your organizaton not admit that part of helping girls make reproductive choices does NOT include information about possible health problems following an abortion, increased chance of miscarriage in future pregancies, possible inability to have future children, the link between abortion and breast cancer, possible emotional distress resulting from a regretted abortion, the development of the baby, the baby’s ability to feel pain during an abortion, or alternatives to help her decide to keep the baby?

I’m sure many of your programs are worthwhile. And you say you have served 800,000 girls. How wonderful that you are able to serve the girls whose mothers chose to keep them.

What we are protesting is that American Girl is giving you funds. American Girl, the company who promotes wholesome ideals. American Girl who is against “girls growing up to fast due to influences pushing them toward woman-hood at too early an age at the expense of their innocence”

I wish you success in inspiring girls to be strong smart and bold (the ones who make it past their mothers wombs, at least) Just don’t do it with my money.
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#5

You tell them Arlene!

I emailed them as well and told them how totally offensive their program is. And, that I would ensure none of my money ever supports them.


#6

Arlene,

Wonderful comments. I just drafted mine and am going to do the same. Please follow up your email with an actual “physical” letter so that they will have something tangible. We don’t want them to say…“Oh, oops, must have been lost in cyberspace!”

Keep up the good work, everyone! :thumbsup:

[quote=Arlene]I just sent a comment on the Girls Inc page: Here it is:

Exactly what false statements are we making? Do you not provide girls with information about contracepton? Did you not lobby against “abstinence only” program funding? Do you not support the decision of Roe V. Wade? Do you not work against discrimination based on sexual orientation? Did a representative of your organizaton not admit that part of helping girls make reproductive choices does NOT include information about possible health problems following an abortion, increased chance of miscarriage in future pregancies, possible inability to have future children, the link between abortion and breast cancer, possible emotional distress resulting from a regretted abortion, the development of the baby, the baby’s ability to feel pain during an abortion, or alternatives to help her decide to keep the baby?

I’m sure many of your programs are worthwhile. And you say you have served 800,000 girls. How wonderful that you are able to serve the girls whose mothers chose to keep them.

What we are protesting is that American Girl is giving you funds. American Girl, the company who promotes wholesome ideals. American Girl who is against “girls growing up to fast due to influences pushing them toward woman-hood at too early an age at the expense of their innocence”

I wish you success in inspiring girls to be strong smart and bold (the ones who make it past their mothers wombs, at least) Just don’t do it with my money.
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#7

Just wanted to show you what LifeNews is reporting.

American Girl Defends Partnership With Pro-Abortion Girls’ Group
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) – A company that manufactures a popular series of dolls defended its partnership with an organization for girls that advocates abortion. American Girl says the partnership was not meant to promote abortion but to help girls develop self-confidence and scholastic schools, which partner Girls Inc. also promotes. American Girl has come under fire from pro-life organizations, including the American Family Association, which discovered the link between the two groups. American Girl, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., is selling bracelets with the message “I Can,” which are made by and sponsored by Girls Inc. The company also promotes the pro-abortion group on its web site. In a statement given to the Associated Press, American Girl says the campaign is only meant to build skills in science and math, help girls develop leadership skills, and to encourage athletic 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.” But Girl’s Inc. falls short of that goal by advocating abortion. On its web site is specifically says it supports the right of teens to have abortions and adds that it backs the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized them. Read the complete story at www.lifenews.com


#8

[quote=1ke]Girls Inc has now posted this intro on their website:

girlsinc.org/ic/intro.php

It states that “our mission to help girls develop their self-esteem and self-reliance has become the target of false, inflammatory statements from people who are pursuing a narrow political agenda”

What a load of cr*p.

In addition to contacting American Girl, please email Girls Inc and let THEM know what you think of their agenda that clearly supports Roe v Wade, contraception and abortion for girls, and opposes abstinence education.
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Here is my response, sent by e-Mail just today:

I teach at the collegiate level and have 4 daughters who enjoy playing with “American Girl” material and reading “American Girl” books.

As long as the current policy of “American Girls” includes the donation of monies to your organization, our family purchases will cease.

I am outraged and disgusted by the fornication between what was once a decent, truly “pro-girls” product and your pro-birth control; pro-abortion; pro-breast cancer; and pro-death of women organization.

If and when “American Girls” breaks free from your murderous agenda, our family will again purchase those products. Until then . . . not in this lifetime!


#9

[quote=David Zampino]Here is my response, sent by e-Mail just today:

I teach at the collegiate level and have 4 daughters who enjoy playing with “American Girl” material and reading “American Girl” books.

As long as the current policy of “American Girls” includes the donation of monies to your organization, our family purchases will cease.

I am outraged and disgusted by the fornication between what was once a decent, truly “pro-girls” product and your pro-birth control; pro-abortion; pro-breast cancer; and pro-death of women organization.

If and when “American Girls” breaks free from your murderous agenda, our family will again purchase those products. Until then . . . not in this lifetime!
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David, thanks for jumping aboard!


#10

[quote=David Zampino]Here is my response, sent by e-Mail just today:

I teach at the collegiate level and have 4 daughters who enjoy playing with “American Girl” material and reading “American Girl” books.

As long as the current policy of “American Girls” includes the donation of monies to your organization, our family purchases will cease.

I am outraged and disgusted by the fornication between what was once a decent, truly “pro-girls” product and your pro-birth control; pro-abortion; pro-breast cancer; and pro-death of women organization.

If and when “American Girls” breaks free from your murderous agenda, our family will again purchase those products. Until then . . . not in this lifetime!
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Make sure you let American Girl know too-- see the other thread for addresses and emails.


#11

What is the e-mail address? I’m gonna have to send them a note too.


#12

[quote=Arlene]I just sent a comment on the Girls Inc page: Here it is:

Exactly what false statements are we making? Do you not provide girls with information about contracepton? Did you not lobby against “abstinence only” program funding? Do you not support the decision of Roe V. Wade? Do you not work against discrimination based on sexual orientation? Did a representative of your organizaton not admit that part of helping girls make reproductive choices does NOT include information about possible health problems following an abortion, increased chance of miscarriage in future pregancies, possible inability to have future children, the link between abortion and breast cancer, possible emotional distress resulting from a regretted abortion, the development of the baby, the baby’s ability to feel pain during an abortion, or alternatives to help her decide to keep the baby?

I’m sure many of your programs are worthwhile. And you say you have served 800,000 girls. How wonderful that you are able to serve the girls whose mothers chose to keep them.

What we are protesting is that American Girl is giving you funds. American Girl, the company who promotes wholesome ideals. American Girl who is against “girls growing up to fast due to influences pushing them toward woman-hood at too early an age at the expense of their innocence”

I wish you success in inspiring girls to be strong smart and bold (the ones who make it past their mothers wombs, at least) Just don’t do it with my money.
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Perfect response.


#13

Has anyone else thought of what a “happy accident” it was that we figured this out and spread the word all just before Christmas shopping? My daughter wanted this huge collection with two dolls. I would have been her only Christmas present from us and would have cost over $200, not to mention that we were going to buy the bitty baby twins for our three year old with a stoller and accessories. Nearly all the purchases from our family would have come from American Girl.

I think getting the word out has been successful, in part, to the easy access to information on the Girl’s Inc. and American Girl websites. It has been really easy to send organizations like AFA, Focus on the Family, etc, as well as individuals, an email with the links they can look up themselves. I also think that conservatives are shocked and dismayed because many of us have been intentionally supporting the ideals that American Girl has promoted with wholesome historical toys. We had the wool pulled over our eyes.


#14

I posted this on the other AG thread but wanted to put it here for reference.

Peace:

I agree with you 100%. Thank God this news came out before Christmas shopping went into full swing.Check out the French dollmaker called Corolle. Here’s a link:

corolledolls.com/corolle…=100/index.html

I was so disappointed with the facial sculpt and coloring (the doll sort of has a fronwn) of the Bitty Baby dolls that I returned the one I had purchased for my oldest daughter (and with it a diaper bag, several outfits {and I must say that what is fabulous about Bitty Baby is the clothing line, the Baptismal Gown was beautiful} and other accessories. AG refunded all of it with no questions asked). Now I have 15 inch Corolle dolls (and I have four of them, one for each daughter). Not only are the facial sculpts perfect, the dolls has a faint smile on her face, but the skin tones are lovely and the doll (at least at the time I bought my four daughters their dolls) had a soft vanilla scent to it. Lastly the doll’s clothe body was filled with beanie type filling, so it was a very huggable doll and sort of floppy like a real baby. And I have the 8" Corolle dolls too, and that’s where I get the accessories (stroller, bed, etc). When everything is small, it doesn’t take up so much room and it doesn’t cost as much. Click on the awards link on the side bar to see how well respected these dolls in the toy community.

And we traded our American Girl dolls for a German type of doll called a Waldorf doll. (Actually, we gave our AG dolls away last summer before any of this came to light, because I just felt that it was too expensive of a line of dolls, in the long run). Here’s a link. I do hope the Magic Cabin company is morally good. In any case, here’s the link:

magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?

I purchased five of these dolls through another catalog company called Hearthsong, when they were only $59 each a while back. I think it was an introductory-type price. Hearthsong was selling the Waldorf dolls cheaper than Magic Cabin (a sister company) but now they’re only available through Magic Cabin at a higher price. These are really lovely dolls, the type of doll that you might imagine Laura Ingles Wilder would pay with. The construction and materials (all wool and cotton) are excellent. The faces are as sweet as you would want a handmade doll to look like. I would pay $129 for one today, if I needed to. We have not missed our AG dolls in the least. When you see what finer dolls look like, you realize that AG has settled for poor quality materials and designs (although the clothing is wonderful). But the Waldorf philosophy is that the simpler a toy is, the better for the child’s mind/imagination as the toy doesn’t dictate to the child how to play with it. But that’s the stuff of another thread. My point here is to suggest alternatives that I have found to AG products, other brands of dolls that have become beloved toys to my four daughters.


#15

[quote=1ke]Girls Inc has now posted this intro on their website:

girlsinc.org/ic/intro.php

It states that “our mission to help girls develop their self-esteem and self-reliance has become the target of false, inflammatory statements from people who are pursuing a narrow political agenda”

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Talk about squirting lighter fluid on a growing fire of opposition to their anti-wholesomeness, anti-Christian secular feminist campaign.


#16

[quote=StratusRose]What is the e-mail address? I’m gonna have to send them a note too.
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Mattel Chairman Bob Eckert:
jules.andres@mattel.com

American Girl Presiden Ellen Brothers
ellen.brothers@americangirl.com

Public Relations at American Girl Susan Jevena
susan.jevens@americangirl.com

Ellen L. Brothers
President, American Girl - Mattel
8400 Fairway Place
Middleton, WI 53562

Bob Eckert
Chairman- Mattel
333 Continental Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245-5012


#17

[quote=Peace-bwu]Has anyone else thought of what a “happy accident” it was that we figured this out and spread the word all just before Christmas shopping? My daughter wanted this huge collection with two dolls. I would have been her only Christmas present from us and would have cost over $200, not to mention that we were going to buy the bitty baby twins for our three year old with a stoller and accessories. Nearly all the purchases from our family would have come from American Girl.

I think getting the word out has been successful, in part, to the easy access to information on the Girl’s Inc. and American Girl websites. It has been really easy to send organizations like AFA, Focus on the Family, etc, as well as individuals, an email with the links they can look up themselves. I also think that conservatives are shocked and dismayed because many of us have been intentionally supporting the ideals that American Girl has promoted with wholesome historical toys. We had the wool pulled over our eyes.
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American Girl is trying to dance by saying Girls, Inc was their philanthropy partner for 2005, and that they’ll have to “reevaluate” for 2006.

However, a quick trip to the AG website and you will see their press release annoucing the I CAN campaign. It only began September 19. Our very alert fellow poster Peace-bwu saw this new campaign in her catalog and did the research and posted her findings here. In less than 3 weeks-- the firestorm had ignited.

I predict victory before a boycott of their store during the busiest shopping season of the year-- they’ve already removed the Girls, Inc. link from their website. I have no doubt Joe Scheilder’s group will show up in downtown Chicago and boycott if they don’t completely sever ties.


#18

Just fired off my e-mail. BTW I blind copied the Mattel president and stated we would not only cease purchasing American Girl products but ALL Mattel products.


#19

[quote=iamrefreshed]Just fired off my e-mail. BTW I blind copied the Mattel president and stated we would not only cease purchasing American Girl products but ALL Mattel products.
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This is an excellent idea! Good for you. Did you post this on the other AG thread?


#20

Here’s my response…thanks for the addresses, 1ke.

I am appalled by recent statement by Joyce M. Roché claiming that people with “narrow political agendas” have threatened the self-esteem and self-reliance of girls. (http://www.girlsinc.org/ic/intro.php)
Your company is not telling the truth to girls. If Girls, Inc. is so concerned about protecting innocence of young girls pushed into womanhood so fast, then I sincerely hope you do not tell them that you advocate babies being torn limb from limb inside their mother’s wombs. How fortunate you are to be receiving money from parents who chose life.

I fail to see the relation between protecting innocence and girlhood and then teaching them about “safe sex.” Imagine you are 8 years old. Wouldn’t the thought of a male organ penetrating your body completely horrify you? These girls cannot even grasp the idea of mature sexual relationships and how birth control would come into play. Some of these girls barely understand their imminent menstrual cycles and why they even have them.

I support your ideology of teaching girls about responsibility, self-reliance, and innocence, but can these be achieved by aborting babies and using contraception? It is counterproductive. How can a girl be “self-reliant” when she relies on a pill, condom, or any other device to control her body and destiny? Self-reliance means to rely on the self, or, self-control. Self-control means practicing abstinence. I think your company needs to re-examine their values.

As a young child, I read almost all of the American Girls books. I credit American Girls as one of the influences for leading me into my career in American History. But I cannot support your heinous agenda that you present as being good for girls. If you believe I am promoting a narrow agenda, then I suggest you look up “post abortion stress syndrome” and see the consequences of the kind of agenda you are promoting.

I join many of my friends who are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and so on and will cease to purchase Mattel products once the stance on your ethics has been re-evaluated.

Thank you for your time.


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