First, we had to say goodbye to Samantha. Now, we are losing Felicity!
my poor girlie heart cannot take this.
NO! Next they’ll be taking Kirstin out, and she was my favorite!! And why do they keep adding new ones? Nothing significant has happened, the books have totally lost their historical context. It’s all about the shit they can sell. Kit came with a fucking LAPTOP, and that was in 2000. I’m afraid to see what accessories the 2010 doll came with. An ipad the size of a piece of Trident? And $10 says that for an additional fee, you can buy a stylus the size of a pushpin and actually connect to the internet as well!
Such a bizarre little twist of fate that you should post about American Girl dolls, because in just 2 weeks ago as I was getting ready to return to HWS I got super nostalgic about my childhood dolls and insisted my mother tell me where she was keeping them. Turns out, when I shipped off to college 2 years ago my three American Girl Dolls (Samantha, Kirsten and Josephina) were tossed in a plastic chinese laundry bag, tied up with twine and put in our large upstairs closet, along with their trunks of clothing, hair styling kit, beautiful brown horse appropriately named “brownie”, and 3 respective beds. I distinctly remember circa age 8 that my greatest wish was to have a canopy bed like Felicity’s (mahogany with red and white striped curtains), all of the American Girls, and all of their corresponding beds lined up next to mine; I was such a little freak show.
Unfortunately my collection stopped after my 3rd doll, Josephina, probably becuase I became so obsessed with the exotic Josephina and her beautiful green wooden carved bed and colorful clothing that I forgot all about how much I wanted Felicity and the rest of the American girls. Nonetheless, the loss of Felicity to the collection is very saddening to me. As I recall she was the “oldest” of the American Girls and a true DAR. As we lose Samantha (RIP, but WOOHOO to my Samantha’s value as a collectors item!) and Felicity, in lieu of the popularity of those creepy “looks just like me” American Girl dolls with those putrid contemporary outfits, I can’t help but feel that we are losing a real piece of americana, and on a personal note, a part of my childhood.
Grace, I feel your pain. Growing up, I owned Kiersten and Felicity. Ah Felicity, the all-american girl. If you were a fellow American Girl Doll fanatic, you can understand the following description. Opening the first page of the American Girl Doll magazine that came in the mail addressed to you was the start of true love. Page 1 had Felicity and her red cape. Ah that red cape, I was so obsessed with that red cape. For my 8th birthday I myself got that red cape. Was I a little obsessed, maybe? Heres the thing about American Girl Dolls…they were what the “American” girl should look like. They all had books to go along with their ideal appearance. All white anglo-saxon young girls might I add…that is until Josephina! If I recall, these American Girl Dolls were designed to be born and raised in the 1700s. So what I conclude is that in the 1700s, society has already described the “ideal” girl. All of these girls had similar characteristics and innocent story lines in their books.
In an attempt to gather in new American Girl Doll fanatics the company made “look like me” dolls where young girls could pick a doll that looked like them. Those dolls were made right as I was exiting the American Girl phase. As I recall I looked through the pages of look a like dolls and found one that was close to me…but didn’t quite fit. Again, American Girl Doll is creating an “ideal” image. A page of 20 look a like dolls isn’t enough for 40 girls! So while American Girl is busy inspiring young girls to learn about fake 1700s history, they are also creating body image issues…shame on you American Girl Doll (although I still love you).
This saddens me. Felicity was my one and only American Girl doll. She is still somewhere in storage and I refuse to let my parents get rid of her. But looking back on why I chose Felicity is kind of funny. I chose her because I thought her to be the “prettiest” of all the dolls with the “prettiest” clothes and the best accessories. She also rode a horse, as I did, and had long hair like me. I thought her to be the “girliest” and I identified with her in this way. I had countless outfits for felicity, and even furniture and pets. Felicity wasn’t an outdoorsy American Girl. She went to tea parties and dances and did all the things that I wanted to do. Felicity even had a different dress for every activity. Felicity’s stories shaped my imagination and my idea of gender and the American “girl.” It is funny to think that 12 years later I still enjoy all of these things, but it is really quite shocking to see how deeply ingrained the social standards of what is “girly” were at such a young age. And for me, they haven’t changed a bit. Hmm.
For starters, these dolls are ugly. I know you girls love dolls, but I have never been a fan. I guess I never liked dolls because my sister wasn’t a big fan of them; she is also six years older than I am.
I know Michele will disagree, but action figures are much different than dolls. I think it’s interesting that Michele mentioned how males call their “dolls” action figures with a big smile on her face. Why couldn’t it be the opposite? What I mean is, why can’t women call their dolls action figures. It is kind of annoying that women think about how they are oppressed but target the most minimal things that need to change. They don’t worry about paying for their date to achieve equality but care about the terms slut or player. Has anyone put together the idea that maybe, just maybe, men are called players and women are called sluts when they are promiscuous because of the idea that the man is the one with money, hence having the power?
I feel the reason I feel women studies aren’t reaching its full potential is because many women who claim they are practicing the study are actually not. They like to seem like they are, but for the people that really know them, they show they are just like everyone else.
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