American Girl, the popular doll maker, is dealing with the backlash from their controversial new guidebook for girls that advises children who are struggling with issues around their body image to ask a doctors for medications to slow down puberty and to get support regarding transgenderism without consent from a parent “if you don’t have an adult you trust.”
“A Smart Girl's Guide: Body Image Book” is on sale for $12.99.
The cover of the book written by Mel Hammond shows four diverse girls. They have different skin colors and body shapes. The subtitle says, “how to love yourself, live life to the fullest, and celebrate all kinds of bodies.”
On the American Girl website, the details section reads, “Every girl needs to learn to live comfortably in her own skin, and this book will show the way! In these pages, a girl will find everything she needs to know about loving her unique self, staying confident through her body’s many changes, and appreciating her body for the life it lets her live. Full of activities, tips, crafts, and real-girl stories, this book is a feel-good reminder that all bodies are worthy of love and respect.”
Inside the book, kids read “Parts of your body may make you feel uncomfortable, and you may want to change the way you look,” the book says at one point, according to the report. “That's totally OK!”
“You can appreciate your body for everything it allows you to experience and still want to change certain things about it,” one page adds. “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 author writes, “If you don’t have an adult you trust, there are organizations across the country that can help you. Turn to the resources on page 95 for more information.”
Parents and others are furious. “A book for girls about body image that tells them they should make permanent and catastrophic change to their to bodies if they’re unhappy with them,” said one journalist on social media.
“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,” tweeted Editor-in-Chief of The Federalist.
“A 3-year-old should be playing and learning instead of encouraged to alter her body," another person tweeted. “My goodness.”