To follow up on my last post, a conservative group called for a boycott of American Girl due to the company’s support of Girls, Inc. (formerly Girls Club of America) Apparently American Girl is selling wristbands that say “I can” as a fundraiser for the youth organization, which is working to empower girls to “be strong, smart and bold.” Here’s a link to the wristband page.
Here is the “I Can” promise:
“I can be myself, follow my dreams, and always do my best. I can reach for the stars, lend a hand to others, and be a good friend. I can make a difference! I promise to try.”
And the Girls, Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights:
*Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
*Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
*Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
*Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
*Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
*Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
The American Family Association and the Pro-Life Action League have called this a pro-abortion, pro-lesbian agenda. Are they suggesting that women who accept and appreciate themselves will have no need for men? Are they suggesting that women who do meaningful work will not have children or will not care for their families? Whatever they are suggesting is frankly silly.
Buy a wristband. If you don’t know a young girl, give it to an old one! We need this kind of promise to ourselves, too.