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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

The latest right-wing war on toys

I saw this a couple of days ago and thought I'd skip it, but it seems to be picking up steam and looks more ridiculous than ever.

The protest is directed at an ongoing American Girl campaign in which proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization which describes its mission as "inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold."

American Girl, whose often patriotic products have long had a loyal following among conservatives, issued a statement Friday defending its support of Girls Inc. and assailing the protest campaign.

"We are profoundly disappointed that certain groups have chosen to misconstrue American Girl's purely altruistic efforts and turn them into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position," the statement said.

The Mississippi-based American Family Association, in a campaign launched Wednesday, is urging its members to demand that American Girl halt support for Girls Inc., which it called "a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian advocacy group."

I'm not sure what a "pro-lesbian" group would be, unless it's a loosely organized confederation of heterosexual male consumers of pornography. Which is more pro-hot-women-acting-like-lesbians-on-camera.

I'd really like to hear some psychiatrists chime in on the obsession the fundamentalist right has with projecting their sexual fears onto children's toys. That is seriously creepy stuff. Although I will say that 'American Girl' Samantha is gonna be one foxy chick when she grows up. Ha.