I’ve read recently posts and comments online complaining about the new ‘I’m A Girly’ dolls and do you know what – I just don’t get what the big issue is!
I don’t expect my opinion to make me very popular, but I am just so fed up with people being offended for the sake of it, I really am. When I was a child I was a girl and I knew plenty of other children who were boys or girls.
The whole I’m A Girly doll debate honestly does rankle me a bit, as much as I respect other’s opinions and accept that they’ll often be different from my own, I just don’t understand how people can get so annoyed over the use of the word girly.
What is wrong with being ‘girly’, when did it become a negative thing to be a girl? Surely it’s all about how you use the word, the word itself isn’t offensive in my opinion and especially not when used in relation to a doll.
Girly only has negative connotations if you let it and if that is the way you think of it. I loved the Like A Girl campaign by Always – I am not working with them by the way before someone shouts fraud you don’t care this is a sponsored post boo hiss etc…. Being ‘like a girl’ isn’t a negative thing regardless of how some try to use it with ‘throws like a girl’ etc comments, so why does being girly have to be?!
And from the looks of the fierce girls on the homepage of I am Girly, I don’t feel like they’re trying to put girls down, use girly in a negative way or even to stereotype girls as such! One of the dolls might ‘love unicorns’ as I saw someone groan about online, but she also in her ‘bio’ says that she wants to be an astronaut. I like the underlying message that you can be ‘girly’ and intelligent and ambitious. They aren’t using the word in a negative way at all.
Do I love some of the stereotypes out there that say that girls/women are weak and emotional etc? .. nope I don’t like negative stereotypes about anyone. But I don’t spend my days pretty much looking for things to be offended by and I don’t react in the extreme to the smallest whiff of a stereotype and nor do I think someone is being rude if they say someone is girly. There is nothing wrong with being ‘stereotypical’ of your sex in my opinion, or liking things designed with your gender in mind, just as it is perfectly fine to be completely the opposite, each to their own.
Fair play if someone is saying girls/women can’t do something, that girls are inferior or anything like that then feel free to be in an uproar, I’ll join in with your tutting. But believing that calling a doll brand ‘girly’ is a horrendous thing and being angry about it, surely just shows that all the negative ‘like a girl’ stuff has ingrained itself in your head.
Personally I am much more angry about the fact that there are people in the World dying because of lack of food, wars, lack of a home, or because they can’t afford health care etc etc etc – there are lots of things that are way more worthy of my (and your) anger and the World’s attention than whether or not using the word ‘girly’ is so horrendous and unforgivable…
Also I actually feel sorry for the brand, they have tried to make sure there are dolls representing different races, and they’ve created a doll with a much more realistic body shape than I’ve seen before and yet still people find a way to turn it into a negative thing!
Lastly, do I love the dolls myself and would I buy one?! Erm nope, but only because they’re over £100 each and for that I’d want a doll to be capable of doing my tax return or something useful. I expect there are lots of people who will love them though and they’re nice enough dolls.