Barbie: she's an American icon, but now one group is being asked to end their partnership with her makers.
Two advocacy groups want the Girl Scouts of America to end their partnership with Mattel, the makers of Barbie.
The partnership began last summer. The two came together and developed a Barbie participation patch for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.
Critics say that Barbie isn't a positive role model. They say her being on the cover of Sports Illustrated last month demonstrated their point perfectly. They say since she was in a swimsuit, it sends an inappropriate message to young girls.
Susan Lynn the head of the Commercial Free Childhood Organization released a statement in regards to their Barbie protest, saying:
"Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scout's vital mission to build ‘girls of courage, confidence, and character'."
The Girl Scouts have rejected the groups appeal. They say their partnership with Mattel focuses on career exploration and teaches girls about inspiring women in the fun way.
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