New doll indoctrinates Your Children to have compassion for the homeless

'Homeless' doll costs $95 (hairstyling extra) - Democratic Underground_1253914987042

Political Indoctrination Tool

After the madness that spiraled out of the President’s school speech, would any kind of right-wing paranoia surprise you?  No?  Good, then you’re ready to hear about the latest “political indoctrination” conspiracy theory, which surrounds a new doll manufactured by those Marxist scum at Mattel Inc. (the “Inc.” is the tip-off that they’re commies.)

The offending doll, named “Gwen“, is one of a collection called “American Girl“, an outrageously expensive and popular series of dolls that cost about $95 each.  American Girl dolls come with  biographical books and movies about their lives… and that, according to the NY Post’s Andrea Peyser, is where things go unacceptably sideways with Gwen:

Snuck into the collection is a doll that comes with a biography that is weird and potentially offensive enough to keep Mom running to the Maalox. Gwen, you see, is harboring a terrible secret.

She is homeless. A homeless doll.

Ye fucking gods, homeless!?? Worse yet, Gwen’s bio explains the downward spiral of events that led her to this sorry state:

In the history books that come with every American Girl doll — bringing to life these little monsters until impressionable little ones believe they are actual people — you learn that Gwen’s father walked out on the family. Her mother lost her job.

As the little kiddies learn to read about this doll as if she’s a human being, one learns that, as fall turned into winter, Gwen’s mom lost her grip.

Mother and daughter started bedding down in a car.

It’s hard not to see the sad irony in a homeless doll that sells for $95 (hairstyling extra).  But Peyser’s problem with this doll isn’t so much that it’s expensive — it’s the message it sends:

For starters, men are bad. Fathers abandon women without cause. She’s also telling me that women are helpless. And that children in this great country, where dolls sell for nearly 100 bucks a pop, are allowed to sleep in motor vehicles. But mothers don’t lose custody over this injustice. Because, you see, they are victims, too.

Whether Peyser wants to admit it to herself or not, sometimes those things are all too true.  Some men do desert their families, and even in a great country where dolls sell for $95 a pop, some children are allowed to live in motor vehicles… about 1.5 million of them. And I can’t help thinking that kids whose parents can afford to give them $95 dolls might be just the right target for a few life lessons from someone like Gwen.  They sure as hell won’t get them from cold-hearted cretins like Peyser, who regard compassion as some kind of “political indoctrination” to be feared and hated.

(h/t DU)

14 Responses to “New doll indoctrinates Your Children to have compassion for the homeless”


  1. 1 Torontonian Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    If you go and look at the toys “Hall of Fame”, you’ll notice
    that almost every one of them has no batteries, does not do
    anything and needs (nearly) no instructions to operate.

    The child brings his/her imagination to the toy and the fun
    is limited by the child’s imagination. Things started going
    downhill with the dolls that said “mama” and then they started
    to wet themselves. After that came the pull cord for speech
    and batteries.

    Toys nowadays do everything and the child need not bring
    anything in the way of imagination. Toys are now passive.
    So too is television.

    Go have a look at the hall of fame; here’s the link.

    http://www.museumofplay.org/nthof/inductees.html

    Sorry if I’m off-topic but I believe I’m not. So there.

  2. 2 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Torontonian – You got that right. There are some smaller toymakers who are manufacturing toys that require more input from the kids, I think “discovery toys” is one of them. These are way more fun for the kids to play with. The problem is, what they are told to want and what peer pressure tells them — and usually it’s the kind of expensive toy that does virtually nothing to stimulate their imaginations.

    This is not off topic at all, and even if it was, that’s okay. I only keep telling JASPER to get on topic because he’s being a repetitive boring dullard. As far as everyone else is concerned, don’t worry, talk about whatever moves you 😉

  3. 3 J. A. Baker Friday, September 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    In case you were wondering, the shrill harpy who wrote that screed, Andrea Peyser moonlights at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, aka the Andrei Zhdanov School of Conservative Correctness.

    Kind of says all you need to know about her, really.

    (Why do I keep wanting to type “Andrew” when typing Mrs. Peyser’s first name? I swear, i did it at least three times when googling her and writing this comment!)

  4. 4 deBeauxOs Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The commenters smack Peyser down quite nimbly, though.

  5. 5 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Hahaha! Yeah, they tore her a new one. Well deserved.

  6. 6 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    JAB – Ewwww, Andrew Breitbart? ‘Nuff said. Puke.

  7. 7 Bruce Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Yeah, the comments are good. You have to be pretty shallow to write something like that, if homelessness offends her that much, it’s a good thing they didn’t make one with a red plaid jacket.

  8. 8 Dr. Prole Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Why does Andrea hate capitalism?

  9. 9 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Bruce – Anything to drum up some fauxtrage 🙄 But this one is really a stretch.

  10. 10 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Dr.Prole – The Invisible Hand needs to give Andrea a slap.

  11. 12 Tide Waters Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Peyser misses here too: “But mothers don’t lose custody over this injustice.” They don’t? In BC, children are regularly taken from families, sometimes with fatal results, simply because those families are too poor to care for them as the system deems fit. Such system, of course, not prepared to augment the income of these poor families so they can stay together.

    See Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this story for an example. In BC, the fear of their children being taken away is palpable in parents who live in impoverished households. The issue came up again and again during the WISE project, as low-income women told their stories.

  12. 13 Bruce Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Tide Waters. That was one of the first things I thought of when I read that. How many stories have we heard of women with kids who had all their “advantages” taken away just because the man left her and because of that she is no longer deemed capable of raising her own children? I can think of many.

    In spite of the best efforts of many people, we still don’t have an actual system in place that affords women the power they need in a society where men can bear children and their supposed authority allows them not only to simply walk away, but blame it on the woman as they do so.

    I also can’t think of many cases where any woman would willingly give up her children. There’s a not so subtle way we still screw people in this world, literally and figuratively.

  13. 14 freaky flickers Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Yeah, Those fluffy toys would take the edge off of the ‘you ought to get yourself checked’ talk.


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