"When I saw that little girl on television, she was a beautiful girl. They asked her why she didn't like the African-American doll and she said it was ugly -- "her skin is ugly just like my skin." I cried. You cannot have little girls growing up and believing that they are unattractive."
Instead of spending our money on things of this world with no eternal significance, instead of getting caught up in the advertising of the day with holidays approaching, may I suggest something different?
If you're a girl and you're a boomer, one thing is certain -- you grew up playing with Barbies. Whether you lived in a mansion or in a trailer, you spent hours as a little girl playing with America's favorite foot tall plastic fashion plate.
It's one thing to refrain from gender-stereotyped gift-giving as a parent, but another to raise girls who cherish toy machine guns and boys who cradle baby dolls like the girls and boys Photoshopped -- yes, Photoshopped -- into the Swedish catalog.