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Minister: American Girl doll 'a trick of the enemy' to emasculate boys

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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Minister: American Girl doll 'a trick of the enemy' to emasculate boys

A move by a national doll manufacturer to add the first boy to its lineup has one local minister in a tizzy.

The Rev. Keith Ogden of Hill Street Baptist Church sent a message to more than 100 of his supporters and parishioners Wednesday titled, "KILLING THE MINDS OF MALE BABIES."

Ogden invoked Scripture as he criticized the American Girl company for its debut of Logan Everett, a drummer boy doll, who performs alongside Tenney Grant, a girl doll with a flair for country western music.

Logan is the lone boy among American Girl’s vast cast of characters, and the company sees him as both a.way to please longtime fans as well as a new addition who will appeal to a broader audience.

"This is nothing more than a trick of the enemy to emasculate little boys and confuse their role to become men," the minister said in the e-mailed statement he sent at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after watching a segment about American Girl on Good Morning America.

Ogden has been influential in Asheville's community, often speaking publicly about race and policing, violence in low-income communities and his opposition to same-sex marriage.

In June he announced he would soon leave Buncombe County due to his wife's health concerns. He said Wednesday he still doesn't know when he will depart; he is still trying to sell his house.

In the meantime, Ogden has no plans to stay quiet. As long as he is still living in Western North Carolina, the preacher said he will speak up when he feels it is necessary. On Wednesday, his outrage was sparked by a child's toy.

"There are those in this world who want to alter God's creation of the male and female," he wrote. "The devil wants to kill, steal and destroy the minds of our children and grandchildren by perverting, distorting and twisting (the) truth of who God created them to be."

Later that morning Ogden told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he doesn't think that boys should play with dolls, that he thinks American Girl's move will confuse children.

"Now you are going to have little boys playing with baby dolls, and that's not cool," he said. "We need to get back to our old values and morals."

Ogden said churches need to stand up and speak truth to power as the community wrestles with gender identity and changing values, especially as it relates to youth programming and activities. The Boy Scouts of America, last month, for example, announced that it will allow transgender children to enroll in scouting programs.

"It just doesn't make sense," Ogden said. "It's not natural for a boy to act like a girl. It's not natural for a girl to want to be a boy. You've got the government and people who placate this mess instead of telling little boys they can't change their biology."

American Girl, however, says it's just meeting customer demands and expanding its market.

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades,'' said spokeswoman Stephanie Spanos, adding that along with two new historical characters the toy line this year will introduce more dolls with modern story lines than at any time in its 31-year history.

"We're hopeful Logan will appeal to both girls and boys," she said. "For boys, we know Logan can speak directly to them and give them something unique and special to call their own.''

The brown-haired, gray-eyed Logan doll is 18 inches tall, and has a set of drums to accompany Tenney.

Mattel, which owns American Girl, saw its sales surge last year following its introduction of a more diverse doll selection.

Its Barbie Fashionista line veers from the blond, thin Barbie-of-old to include three new body types along with an array of skin tones and hairstyles.

American Girl’s “TrulyMe’’ doll line offers more than 40 combinations of complexions, eye tints and hair colors. And in a bid to speak to and about children dealing with disabilities or chronic illnesses,  American Girl’s doll accessories include a wheelchair and diabetes care kit.

The YWCA of Asheville, which works to empower women and eliminate racism, operates child care programs that serve children from infants through school age throughout Buncombe County. Though it does not have any specific programming or initiatives that address gender roles or gender neutral clothing or toys, it said American Girl's move was in line with progress.

"At the YWCA, we encourage play that helps all children explore what it means to be human and to accept each other's differences," CEO Beth Maczka said. "We are happy to see dolls that celebrate diversity and represent different races, abilities, body types and genders."

Charisse Jones of USA TODAY contributed to this report.

by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:33 PM

praying

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:33 PM

reading

corticosteroid
by Sapphire Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:38 PM
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Well, I don't agree with the dude, but I do think American Girl dolls are a trick to rob people of hundred of dollars and render their homes unlivable due to the number of tiny outfits literally everywhere,  many of which are equipped with sharp ice skates for some reason.

cynnie22
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM
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I know right?  How twisted.  These little boys could grow up to be *gasp* dads!  How dare they practice taking care of a doll?  It will warp their little brains. They might think they are actually supposed to take care of their own children if they have them.

Not to mention practicing changing the clothes, keeping the doll clean, and engaging in imaginative play. No good can come from this!

Stop the madness! 

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:43 PM

I am one lucky mom in that my dd couldn't care any less about dolls.

Quoting corticosteroid:

Well, I don't agree with the dude, but I do think American Girl dolls are a trick to rob people of hundred of dollars and render their homes unlivable due to the number of tiny outfits literally everywhere,  many of which are equipped with sharp ice skates for some reason.


Mom-to-2kids
by Sapphire Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:44 PM
What a dumbass, however that doll is adorable. Maybe DD would like it 🤔
januaryqueen
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Does he have issues with Ken dolls also? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys? Male super hero toys? How strange.
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM

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Quoting cynnie22:

I know right?  How twisted.  These little boys could grow up to be *gasp* dads!  How dare they practice taking care of a doll?  It will warp their little brains. They might think they are actually supposed to take care of their own children if they have them.

Not to mention practicing changing the clothes, keeping the doll clean, and engaging in imaginative play. No good can come from this!

Stop the madness! 


corticosteroid
by Sapphire Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM

My mother got one for my daughter, and it seems like all I do is pry tiny mittens and shit out of the vacuum brushes.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

I am one lucky mom in that my dd couldn't care any less about dolls.

Quoting corticosteroid:

Well, I don't agree with the dude, but I do think American Girl dolls are a trick to rob people of hundred of dollars and render their homes unlivable due to the number of tiny outfits literally everywhere,  many of which are equipped with sharp ice skates for some reason.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:47 PM
I bet he's a Trump supporter. That's the only thing that could possibly explain the clusterfuck of insanity. Trump Trolls taking over the world.
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