What Barbie Should Learn From American Girl

In this week’s TIME School of Thought I get dolled up:

Barbie turned 53 this month. She’s now several years into an AARP membership and yet wisdom has apparently not come with age. She’s still driving parents like me up the wall with her vapid sexuality. My daughters are in the prime demographic for Barbie and other dolls. Thankfully, at least from where I sit, they’re more excited by American Girl dolls than by Barbies. Both brands are owned by Mattel, yet only one moves beyond tired stereotypes. American Girls manage to teach kids history and resilience and, even with their thick waists and sturdy ankles, the dolls look pretty — and pretty normal.

American Girl dolls are too expensive, forcing many people to buy the cheaper Barbies. But you know what’s free for you?  The entire column, which you can read by clicking this link.  There is a bonus doll poll!

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