American Girl Book Promotes Gender Transition
American Girl Book Promotes Gender Transition
American Girl used to be about empowering girls as they move through life. American Girl used to promote healthy lifestyles. That’s no longer the case. These days American Girl is publishing and promoting books that push gender transition.
The American Girl doll brand is facing backlash over a book targeted at prepubescent girls that promotes gender transition seemingly without parental consent.
The book, titled “A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image,” which is marketed to girls ages 3 to 12, encourages children to talk with a doctor if they are questioning their gender identity.
“At first, you and the doctor might talk about wearing the clothes and using the pronouns (like he, she, or they) that make you feel most like the true you,” the book reads. “If you haven’t gone through puberty yet, the doctor might offer medicine to delay your body’s changes, giving you more time to think about your gender identity.”
It’s a 96 page book with subtle and not so subtle messages about being gender fluid, changing one’s gender, gender-inclusive schools, and even providing a list of resources (page 95) if the child feels that the adults around her (PARENTS) can’t be trusted to allow the girl to transition if she wants.
The book outright promotes the idea that gender transitioning is a great thing! In fact, even the title implies that only the “smart” girls will gender transition to fit in with the cool kids group. The girls who refuse to buy into this dangerous crap are, by implication, the stupid ones.
The manipulation continues, again on page 38, as the book offers more suggestions: “Parts of your body may make you feel uncomfortable and you may want to change the way you look. That’s totally OK! You can appreciate your body for everything it allows you to experience and still want to change certain things about it.”
Taken together with the advice about how to obtain puberty blockers, it is not a leap to think this is paving the way for more invasive interventions. Notice the subtlety and slippery language? Although they don’t come right out and say it, it sounds like they could be pushing girls to consider broader physical changes such as amputating their healthy breasts or engaging in other surgeries to alter their female anatomy irreparably.
Furthermore, just putting puberty blockers in place can cause harm with long-term consequences. What consequences? How about fertility? Yes, that’s right. Puberty blockers given at too young of an age can pave the way to irreversible infertility.
For example, the National Institutes of Health notes, in an article titled “Fertility Counseling for Transgender AYAs,” that “the decision to transition has significant lasting implications, some of which adolescents and young adults may not yet be ready to evaluate on their own. Cross-sex hormones have many long-term effects, including potential impairment of future reproductive functioning” (emphasis added).
Yet here we have a major toy brand promoting a book that pushes girls to think that gender transitioning is what all the cool kids do!
Who is the company behind this American Girl gender push? Mattel
Yes, THAT Mattel who is responsible for Hijab Barbie, gay wedding sets, and evidently a transgender Barbie as well! Mattel has gone woke and is caving to the few who are promoting this dangerous ideology.
Interestingly, Mattel is so all in on how great “A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image,” is, that they’ve been promoting it all over the place, right? Not so fast.
The book’s publication was first announced in February this year. Mattel did not promote the book on its official Instagram page.
A press release read: ‘Every girl needs to learn to live comfortably in her own skin, and this book will show the way!’
‘In these pages, a girl will find everything she needs to know about loving her unique self, staying confident through her body’s many changes, and appreciating her body for the life it lets her live,’ the statement continued.
Mattel KNEW the book was going to be problematic, which is why they didn’t promote it across social media.
Parents should know that American Girl guide books — which used to be pretty good — now promote dangerous gender ideology to little girls as young as 3. If you love your daughters, protect your daughters by avoiding this company. https://t.co/q3cVPKKusQ— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 7, 2022
AG’s message resonated with my girls & was a big part of their youth. Love yourself just as you are was a great message. Advocating for & educating on medical castration for little girls is disgusting. Our dolls will be destroyed, just like American Girl’s legacy. pic.twitter.com/P3NWd5izmu— Star_Spangled (@StarSpangled20) December 8, 2022
A book for girls about body image that tells them they should make permanent and catastrophic change their to bodies if they’re unhappy with them. Healthy message. https://t.co/vbes4ce5KZ— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) December 7, 2022
And now that parents have become aware, what will Mattel do now? Keep in mind, the company brags that it is a company that “inspires the wonders of childhood.” REALLY? How inspirational is it to sell a book that implies if you don’t like your body, then lets use drugs or surgery to change it?? How inspirational is it really to promote a book that discusses body dysmorphia and that physically changing your body is perfectly fine, without providing info as to what the consequences of those actions would be?
Instead of Girl Empowerment, it seems that Girl Destruction is now their brand.
As of this writing, the book is still up on the American Girl website and it seems neither that company nor Mattel plan to issue any comments about the matter. Their continued silence speaks volumes.
Feature Photo Credit: Original artwork by Victory Girls Darleen Click