And here's the actual count. I don't think he would have had much trouble finding a doll that looked white like his daughter. pic.twitter.com/MLy6GVtkrh
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) December 12, 2022
Professional Newsmax right-wing grievance collector (claims he) took his daughter to a massive mid-high-end commerce palace in the beating heart of one of the world’s top tourist destination (Rockefeller Center, NYC), and there were many purchase offerings not devoted to ‘cute little White girls’!!!
How dare the New Wokified Mafia commit such Thoughtcrime!
(Note: New Yorker Patrick Chovanec, who wrote the tweet at top rebutting the Newsmax bullsh*t, has biracial daughters — his wife was born in China.)
Of course, anything suggesting the world doesn’t revolve around middle-class suburban White people is grist for the Wingnut Wurlitzer’s coarse mill, but there’s a new genderfluid (not-)elephant in the room. Per the Washington Post, “Critics pan American Girl book for handling of gender, trans identity”:
American Girl’s latest guidebook, “A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image,” has some parents fuming over its discussion of gender expression and identity aimed at its audience of kids ages 10 and up.
The book, written by Mel Hammond, teaches readers about body image and body positivity. But critics have taken issue with the guide’s “Gender Joy” section, which explains pronouns, gender expression and gender identity. It explains what it means to be cisgender (“comfortable in the sex the doctor assigned”), transgender (when their “gender is different than the sex they were assigned at birth”) and nonbinary (when a person doesn’t “feel like a girl or boy inside”).
The book also advises kids questioning their gender identity, or who know they’re trans or nonbinary, to reach out to an organization listed in the book or to talk to a trusted adult…
American Girl’s “A Smart Girl’s Guide” series offers guidance to tweens on a range of topics, such as race and inclusion, money and friendship. The books are part of the company’s decades-long legacy of empowering girls with increasingly diverse representation.
The American Girl brand of dolls, books and toys was launched in 1986 by Pleasant T. Rowland, whose goal was to combine her love of history and educational products to inspire girls, the American Girl website states. Toy giant Mattel acquired the collection in 1998.
Yep, the crafty peddler of boutique sexualities to innocent White children here is that well-known leftist cabal, Mattel. Which has spent *the last quarter-century* expanding its range of imaginable identities (including boy dolls, dolls with disabilities, and BIPOC dolls beyond the early, conservative-approved ‘1860s girl escaped from slavery’), because adults with money were happy to buy dolls representing a 1910s Jewish girl growing up in New York, or a modern surfer girl with hearing loss.
Funny how so-called Conservatives believe that money is the measure of all values, until somebody wants to spend money on values of which the Conservatives don’t approve. (And, in case it needs to be said: The fact that a marketable segment of consumers would be willing to give a major toy corporation money for child-friendly information about gender fluidity is A Very Good Thing!)
(Related story: Christine Emba’s “We need an American Girl doll who hasn’t given up”. I was an adult before the Pleasant Company was invented, but now there’s more than one generation that’s grown up on them, enough to use the dolls as Instagram and TikTok memes.)