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Fla Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:24 PM
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Buy American Girl Products, don't let "them " bully this company.
America Girl is a subsidiary of Mattel (blue Co.). Because of their affiliation with Girls Inc. American Family Association (pro-life/anti-gay)has called for a boycott of American Girl Products. Buy your daughters, nieces, granddaughters, American Girl products to show your support. Don't let these RW fanatics win this one. Sorry if this has already been posted. Ran a search and didn't come up with anything.


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Posted by Liz on October 15, 2005 - 7:08pm

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American Girl has now teamed up with Girls Inc., specifically promoting three programs through donations from the sales of a colorful, I can! bracelet: Operation Smart, Discover Leadership, and Sporting Chance are three Girls Inc. programs developed specifically for building science, math and technology skills; developing leadership and community awareness skills; and encouraging athletic, cooperative and competitive spirit skills, as well as an interest in sports participation, respectively. How can you not like these programs?

The broader mission of Girls Inc. is best summarized within a letter from Joyce M. Roch, President and CEO of Girls Incorporated. Its entitled, To all friends of strong, smart, and bold girls (Oct. 15, 2005):


Girls Inc. has empowered girls for over 141 years, first as Girls Clubs of America and since 1990 as Girls Incorporated. In centers across the country, generations of girls have learned their strengths, explored their worlds, prepared for productive, interesting lives, and offered each other the support necessary in dealing with the challenges of growing up.

Grounded in research and tested in the field, Girls Inc. programs address the whole girl. They build her athletic skills and competitive spirit, nurture her ability and interest in science, math and technology, equip her with critical health and sexuality information, provide her leadership experience, teach her media literacy and money management skills, and foster her self-respect and self-determination. Programs such as Girls Inc. Operation SMART, Girls Inc. Discovery Leadership, and Girls Inc. Sporting Chance help girls understand who they are and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to make smart, informed decisions about their lives.
In addition, since 1992 Girls Inc. has provided over $1.8 million in college scholarships to girls who have become leaders in all walks of life and has played a crucial role in advancing girls' rights through supporting legislation such as Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act.

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In response, the American Family Association is trashing the dolls that they have always loved up to now. Theyre condemning the beneficial programs because Girls Inc. supports tolerance for homosexuality and a pro-choice stance, as well as all the other possible life experiences and choices that girls as a group will certainly face.

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Buy Blue reference regarding the situation
http://www.buyblue.org/index.php

AFA Petition
http://www.afa.net/petitions/issuedetail.asp?id=154

Faux news is also carrying this story as headlines news. Captive in my dentist chair I saw five minutes devoted to it around 2:30. They had a AFA spokeswitch on.
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jtagls Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:45 PM
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1. American Girls
What exactly are we supporting by buying these dolls? I would prefer to know what I am supporting. Also, why all the detail on Girls Inc? I don't understand. I thought Mattel owned the American Girls. Are these right-wing nuts upset because they purchased something for years that now prescribes to an agenda? Is American Girl adding an agenda? Why don't they just stick to selling dolls?

Personally, I want my child "broadened" with adult knowledge. I think the 7-8-9 year girl can handle information with adult agenda. Or perhaps, we let our kids play with dolls and keep the agenda of progressive "smarty" people out of their lives.

Face the facts. If a boycott works, their agenda will only show that the majority don't like their progressive thinking. They will cave for fear of losing money. They are rich by the way. Shouldn't we hate them too?

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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:05 PM
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2. um - I can't quite figure out
what you're trying to say here. Which side are you on?

Progressive or antidiluvian?

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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:06 PM
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3. Send them an email
of support for the I CAN campaign linked to Girls, Inc.

AG is getting plenty of hate mail. Tell them you support their efforts to empower girls to become strong, well-informed women with freedom to make their own choices in their lives.

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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:08 PM
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4. I do support them. Their dolls/stories are mainstays in my home.
We are going to the American Girl Cafe in NYC the day before Thanksgiving to celebrate my niece's birthday. The newest doll has the same name as my youngest.

My daughters love reading these stories and playing with these dolls.
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:18 PM
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5. Buy a bracelet at Bath & Body Works. They're only $1!
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 03:20 PM by Iris
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:36 PM
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7. kick
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