so, i grew up with kit kittredge, right? more accurately, i grew up in a disney princess-saturated kiddie culture which didn’t offer me many options in the way of girl heroes who weren’t concerned with beauty, fashion, and all things pink. not that those things are inherently bad, of course; i just couldn’t relate.
kit kittredge was the one american girl character i identified with more than any other. she hated pink. couldn’t stand it. she loved robin hood, baseball, investigative journalism, and other wholly unladylike pursuits. and for a while, american girl’s product line reflected that. kit had a baseball uniform, a pair of denim overalls, a set of blue pajamas themed like a sailor suit. kit was, for sure, a tomboy. you can see from the little exercept i’ve posted at the top of this photoset. a beautiful, frilly, pink room fit for a princess would be any girl’s dream - but not kit’s.
and i’m writing this post because i’m upset. it might seem frivolous, but i can’t help it. i’m upset, and i really don’t want to stay quiet about this. american girl has recently completely redesigned its historical character line, giving all the dolls brand new outfits and accessories. for kit, that means one frilly pink dress after another.
this is the kid who couldn’t wait to design a robin hood-themed attic bedroom and pin up photos of baseball players all over the bare walls. the kid who once disguised herself as a boy to ride the rails for a day, to get a taste of what life was like beyond the rigid domestic role prescribed for her.
look, i get that the barbie-pink stuff sells, but this isn’t kit. and american girl has to do better than this. american girl has to provide options for girls like kit, who couldn’t care less about pink, who shudder at the idea of wearing skirts. american girl has to do more than kowtow to an egregiously sexist toy market. this isn’t okay.