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"American Girls"
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Author:  Spender [ Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:35 pm ]
Post subject:  "American Girls"

This is an absolutely astonishing photo series of American girls and young women juxtaposed with their "American Girls" dolls, "a brand of very popular fine dolls and lifestyle products, created for girls from approximately 5 to 13-years-old. Many girls order customized dolls to look like a miniature version of themselves":

The feminine ideal of the American Girl dolls is conservative and traditional, emphasizing domesticity...Szwarc added that she sees the American Girl doll play as more passive, “dressing them up and having tea parties,”

The things that stood out for me in this series is the absolute feminisation of the girls who own these dolls, portrayed almost without exception in transparenty wealthy environments, often with "girly" trappings or clothes and doing "girly" things. The photo of the little girl sucking her stomach in while posing in a startlingly revealing bikini really underlies the point that girls and women are supposed to be skinny, feminine and aspire to be sexual. Wow!

Author:  delenda [ Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: "American Girls"

As far as dolls go, American Girls are less subversive than most. Although they are undoubtedly gender-biased, they are quite diverse. They aren't stick figures with over-sized heads and breasts, they are children. The dolls come with an unbelievable range of (very expensive) accessories, including things like wheelchairs, hearing aids, and dolls without hair for chemotherapy patients. No, they don't have any overweight dolls, but they also don't have any overtly sexual dolls.

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