MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN
Text of a letter I sent today:
October 16, 2005
Dear American Girl Company,
This caught my attention because I am a fan of American Girl. My daughters and their friends enjoy playing with your dolls, and my eight-year-old loves to read the adventures of heroines of past eras. Your contemporary books strike a chord with her too. “The Care and Keeping of You” is a particular favorite. In a toxic culture where products aimed at children often serve only to exploit them, American Girl shines as a truly worthwhile business.
I had not heard of Girls Inc, but investigated their web site after reading the news article. It seems they provide after school programming and support for girls in low income areas, teaching them math and science, financial literacy, and resisting and avoiding drug use and teen pregnancy. The organization encourages girls to believe in themselves, to strive for academic and athletic achievement, and to treat themselves with the respect they deserve.
And so I am writing to exhort you to remain steadfast in your support of Girls Inc. Do not allow extremist bullies to push you around. The agency, like your company, offers girls a safe harbor in a fast-moving world. Don’t let anyone take that away.
On an unrelated note, my dear husband has finally updated his blog, thereby demonstrating that geekitude is about more than computers.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.