Over the past several years, it has become virtually impossible to avoid an inundation of advocacy, if not propaganda, in support of so-called “gender-affirming care” for transgender individuals.
Among the most controversial aspects of this narrative involves healthcare providers offering surgical procedures and hormone-blocking medication to minors who believe they are transgender.
As the holidays approach, one popular toy manufacturer is weighing in on the debate by coming out in favor of prepubescent children receiving “medicine” to delay the onset of puberty.
Instead of focusing on promoting its extensive line of dolls, the American Girl company has released a wide-ranging book called “A Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image,” which includes an extensive passage regarding what children should do when they feel uncomfortable in their own bodies.
“The way you show your gender to the world through clothes and behaviors is your gender expression,” the book asserts, noting that it “can be feminine, masculine, or somewhere in between — and it might change!”
While the book offered some reasonable advice about experimenting with new hairstyles and apparel, it ventured into advocacy that many critics found inappropriate.
Parents should know that American Girl guide books — which used to be pretty good — now promote dangerous gender ideology to little girls as young as 3. If you love your daughters, protect your daughters by avoiding this company. https://t.co/q3cVPKKusQ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 7, 2022
“Parts of your body may make you feel uncomfortable and you may want to change the way you look,” the book continued, concluding that this is “totally okay” and might warrant a doctor’s intervention.
“If you haven’t gone through puberty yet, the doctor might offer medicine to delay your body’s changes, giving you more time to think about your gender identity,” the company explained.
As the book further asserts, transgenderism “is not an illness or something to be ashamed of,” but nevertheless should involve “a specially-trained doctor” who “can help you and your family decide what’s best for your body.”
Of course, American Girl is not the only prominent doll brand to expand into the realm of transgender representation.
Earlier this year, transgender actor Laverne Cox celebrated working with Mattel, which also manufactures American Girl dolls, to create a Barbie doll that represents the community.
“It’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll,” Cox said. “I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to their collection.”