American Girl Gwen– a homeless girl is getting lots of press. Bringing attention to homelessness is admirable — but have a doll that costs nearly $100 (with no reported portion of profits going to any support organization) seems off. Doll play is about spinning stories…fantasy. Having such a literal prop for homelessness just feels like one big guilt trip. Here’s your dream doll, and by the way…she has no home and certainly no dolls. Now enjoy!
I’m a big proponent of dolls reflecting “real” girls…but no one would suggest giving this expensive doll to homeless girls. That would be ridiculous.
Instead…how about a doll that’s part of a family that donates time to local charities? That at least gives girls a jumping off point for their own lives.
For a little more heat on the subject, read Andrea Peyser’s article.