Well, She Was an American Girl

“Everything is 38 inches high. That is the average height of a nine-year-old girl. This is for her.” In Racked, Julia Rubin shares the story behind the enduring triumph of American Girl. When my daughter first became obsessed, I was worried about the gender stereotypes and materialism associated with dolls. Those concerns quickly gave way to far more intense conflict: She wanted to get Julie. But I thought we should get Rebecca.

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