Not good enough for American Girl

Filed under: Big Kids, Work Life, Development/Milestones: Babies, Toys

There are a lot of ways to create an artificial division between groups of people. Color of skin, religious beliefs, lifestyle, and, of course, perhaps one of the most common dividing lines, money. The haves and have-nots. Those of us who are among the latter group often dream of being wealthy. We lust after their possessions and lifestyle, we play the lottery in the hope of joining them, and, when all else fails, we tell ourselves -- through television and movies and People magazine -- what terrible people they are and how unhappy they really must be.

It works the other way too. Those whose only means of showing superiority is by way of their bank account often don't miss an opportunity to remind themselves that they are -- at least in terms of wealth and social status -- the top dogs. Witness, for example, the story of a young girl who brought her doll to the American Girl Salon to have the doll's hair styled.

It turns out that little Etta's doll, which she bought with her own money, wasn't a real doll. It came from Target and only cost $29.95. So of course it wasn't worthy of the American Girl salon. The stylist told her so and refused to do the doll's hair. No matter how much the child cried, it was a no-go. "This isn't a real doll!" was the stylist's assessment.

As if that weren't enough, other moms waiting in line with their daughters chimed in too, chastising the girl for thinking she could bring a non-American Girl doll to the salon and commenting that she probably couldn't afford a real American Girl doll. "Well, American Girl Dolls aren't for everyone, you know," was one mother's opinion, clearly meaning that not everyone is good enough -- or at least, rich enough -- to have one.

I think that mom is probably right, though. American Girl dolls seem to be for rich, spoiled, brats whose parents have more money than brains and don't care if their kids grow up to be just like them. I know that American Girl dolls aren't for my kids.

via the Consumerist

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