I feel I can’t move on to Valentine’s photos and stories until I briefly share my thoughts on American Girl’s decision to ship dolls with permanent underwear that is a part of the torso fabric.
The true reason for this decision has yet to surface… cost savings? Plans to expand in the Arab world? modesty when Logan releases with his boxer shorts? Royalties on the existing body design? I hope these sneaky changes aren’t to get out of some of the obligations that originated with the sale of Pleasant Company to Mattel, such as the Madison Children’s Museum (Charitable) Benefit Sale.
First and foremost, this brand has a history of supporting the cognitive development of girls through creative play. The “perma panties” send a subtle message that being a girl is shameful. Do you swim with your underwear on? Julie’s bathroom is about to be released at a cost of $175.00 and she is supposed to shower with underwear on?!
Young children are going to want those underwear off, and I predict some ripped dolls.
I encourage you to view this photo story from our friend Flo. We urge American Girl not to limit the way girls play. JUST SAY NO TO PERMA-PANTIES!!