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Wednesday, July 03, 2024 

In review of IDW's American Girl comic adaptation, Polygon writer supports obesity

The leftist Polygon wrote about a new comic from IDW based on the American Girl doll franchise by Mattel, and the writer seems to be exploiting the subject for condoning obesity, stealth-based or otherwise. And also seems to believe short hair and height makes this a great discovery:
However, this book throws one of my biggest reservations about American Girl as a now-adult feminist into stark relief. Hanakata’s Emma is short with dark hair that fades to pink at the ends, framing her round face and complementing her relatively chubby build. Julie is consistent with other American Girl artwork of the doll: She’s thin and willowy, with long, blonde hair.

But though you can buy a Julie doll, you can’t buy an Emma doll. I tried to create a custom Emma doll on the American Girl website, but I couldn’t find a hairstyle or color to match, nor could I customize her shorter height and thicker body shape. No matter what, every American Girl doll is predestined to be 18 inches tall with a soft, flat belly and legs that don’t touch.

It isn’t that the dolls are particularly harmful in their representation — compared to the wide world of big-brand dolls, they’re not overly skinny, and you can select from a range of skin colors and hair types. But their homogeneity in body type means that, in media like this comic, the dolls are all represented similarly, too.

In short: There hasn’t been a fat American Girl doll yet, and it’s past due. For one reason or another, Gilly and Hanakata chose to represent Julie and the Blue Guitar’s main character as having a body dissimilar from Julie’s, and that begs the question: If American Girl’s new graphic novel line can build compelling stories with body diversity, when will American Girl reflect that in its main business?

The book cashes in on body diversity in a good way — I’m glad young readers will see a smart, intriguing character that might look more like them in American Girl media — but Mattel fails to back it with dolls that purport that value, too. It’s a shame that kids would have to get creative with their dolls to create narratives that match the body diversity in Julie and the Blue Guitar, because the choice to make Emma different makes for a better graphic novel. Why can’t those varying shapes and sizes exist for the dolls, too?
It sounds like the comic isn't all that different from past IDW comics based on licensed merchandise like Jem and the Holograms. This is disgusting, mainly because chances are very high obesity isn't depicted through an objective viewpoint, with consideration for health issues involved. Which means that, despite what the admitted feminist might claim, it's not realistic. So being fat is what the writer thinks is a great direction? Well that's just plain sad. But not surprising in today's far-left climate, where people are being taught primarily in leftist universities to disrespect themselves, physically and otherwise.

In addition to how bad it is the news site's writer is pushing a very reprehensible form of "feminism" upon a toy franchise along with the new comics, one can only wonder how long it'll be before she and others like her decide to push the idea that the toy ling should remove the word America from its name as well? And if IDW's new comic series already has one instance of glorifying obesity in it, that's decidedly a sign to avoid it, and not encourage children to read it. It won't be shocking if there's more bad messages concealed inside the comic already either. Assuming this is the case, curious how obesity isn't exactly being promoted as a role model for boys as it tragically is for girls in puff pieces like Polygon's. If IDW's still suffering financially, this should be exactly why, in addition to how they're making a laughing stock of themselves by putting only so many eggs into a licensed merchandise basket.

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