Blurring Gender Lines? Pastor Concerned After American Girl Introduces First Ever Male Doll

MIDDLETON, Wisc. – Hoping to offer a doll that will appeal to both girls and boys, American Girl has unveiled their first ever full-size male doll, which has lead to criticism from a North Carolina pastor who believes the move will blur gender lines and confuse young children about whether it is acceptable for boys to play with dolls like girls do.

For over 30 years, American Girl dolls, along with their accompanying books and accessories, have been popular toys for children in the U.S. The original dolls featured storylines and outfits of young girls from different periods of American history, but since 1995 the company has sold doll characters in various modern settings.

On Tuesday, in an effort to continue modernizing their line of dolls, American Girl announced the creation of its first-ever full-sized male character doll.

“A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades,” said American Girl spokeswoman Stephanie Spanos in a statement.

The doll, whose name is Logan Everett, is advertised on the American Girl website as a bandmate and drummer to a female doll character named Tenney.

“Meet Logan, Tenney’s bandmate and drummer!” the company’s online description of the new doll states. “The 18” Logan doll has gray eyes that open and close, and short brown hair. Logan’s unique hand positioning helps him hold instruments! He arrives in a plaid button-down shirt, a T-shirt, jeans, underwear and shoes.”

The company hopes the new male doll will be of interest not only to girls, but to boys as well.

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“We’re hopeful Logan will appeal to both girls and boys,” Spanos said. “For boys, we know Logan can speak directly to them and give them something unique and special to call their own.”

However, the unveiling of the new Logan Everett doll has left one pastor wondering why American Girl—whose mission is “celebrating girls and all that they can be”—is now also marketing dolls to boys.

Keith Ogden, pastor of Hill Street Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, fears the new male doll will blur gender lines and confuse impressionable children as to whether it is the norm for boys play with dolls just like girls.

“This is nothing more than a trick of the enemy to emasculate little boys and confuse their role to become men,” he said in a statement.

“There are those in this world who want to alter God’s creation of the male and female,” Ogden continued. “The devil wants to kill, steal and destroy the minds of our children and grandchildren by perverting, distorting and twisting [the] truth of who God created them to be.”

He told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he believes the new American Girl doll is a reflection of society’s gender confusion and lack of morals.

“Now you are going to have little boys playing with baby dolls and that’s not cool,” Ogden said. “We need to get back to our old values and morals.”

He opined that churches need to be assisting youth during a time when gender identity has become a national issue, including in regard to youth activities. Ogden noted that the Boy Scouts of America recently announced that it will allow girls who identify as boys to serve as Boy Scouts.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” he remarked. “It’s not natural for a boy to act like a girl. It’s not natural for a girl to want to be a boy. … You’ve got the government and people who placate this mess instead of telling little boys they can’t change their biology.”

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Asheville (YWCA), however, said that it sees no issue with the doll.

“At the YWCA, we encourage play that helps all children explore what it means to be human and to accept each other’s differences,” CEO Beth Maczka told the Citizen-Times. “We are happy to see dolls that celebrate diversity and represent different races, abilities, body types and genders.”


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  • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

    This doll is a great way to teach your boys about haircuts.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      So true!!

  • balloonknot9

    I think people are grasping at straws here, as this is where this masculinity movement has come off the tracks. Not since Chucky has a doll instilled so much fear.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Girls will like playing with the new boy dolls as well as the already-existing girl dolls. The boys should watch Starblazers or Five Rangers instead of playing with these dolls, indeed, but the miniture world is cool to anyone especially to some artistic boys. Boys need education to honor God and respect their parents and protect girls and stay gallant.

    • johndoe

      You obviously know nothing of pediatric growth and development. Dolls are a normal part play in boys and girls.

      • Mark0H

        Don’t judge other males by you and your sort.

        • johndoe

          What is my sort? Straight white male. Your ignorance precedes you

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Boys prefer super heroes; don’t push this doll on any boys. Let boys choose freely.

          • johndoe

            Nobody is pushing the doll on anyone

      • Glider50

        Yeah really, I agree with Mark, you gays have NO idea what it is to BE a real male.

        • johndoe

          Too funny! Not gay.

          • Glider50

            Yeah right..

          • johndoe

            LOL!

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Boys prefer spaceships and robots and super heroes. Cute or real-looking boy dolls do not appeal to average boys. Let them choose freely. It seems like liberals are pushing the boy stuff to girls and the girl stuff to boys.

        • johndoe

          Not necessarily. Lots of little boys play with dolls. It doesn’t make them any less a boy.

        • Trilemma

          “Let them choose freely.”

          Would you be fine with a boy playing with baby doll and a girl playing with a spaceship if that’s what they freely chose to play with?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, if the conducts are uncontrolled. This company should change its brand name from American Girl to American Kids; otherwise, this is another evil attempt to feminize boys.

  • RWH

    Obvious, in a free market economy, the manufacturer did some research and found that there s a market for boy dolls. If people are unhappy with this, they don’t have to buy the product.

    • Vince

      Gays have twisted minds.

  • Don Karns

    This is a $115 doll. Most of the people who buy this will keep it as a collectible. Dolls and money and sex are not evil. Evil issues from the heart of men and women. And because of the deceitfulness of their heart, these things are used inappropriately or sinfully. The nature of the human heart can only be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And because the heart is deceitful we only see the evil in others. It is easy to see evil in politicians, doll makers, and the media, yet only by the Spirit of God can we see the truth about ourselves. So if you could see state of your own heart, then repent and be converted so that your sins would be blotted out that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Believe in a saving way that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died a bloody death and was resurrected from the dead to atone for your evil deeds and to raise you to a newness of life, with a new heart, and a transformed nature. A new creation, a life lived by faith in the Son of God who loves His people and His life for them.

    • RWH

      Gosh, not only is this object going to bankrupt people, but it is going to send them to hell. Chucky is going to have to move over.

      • Don Karns

        RWH proves the deceptive nature of the heart. Money, lack of money or dolls will not send anyone anywhere. It is the heart and the acting out of the desires of the heart that will be judged by God.
        Everyone will give an account of himself to God, for what he has done in his body whether his deeds are good or evil. There is none righteous therefore God commands all men everywhere to repent because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by the man He appointed having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead . Proof that there is life after death, and providing for the pardon of sins for those who believe on His name. Jesus

        • RWH

          A friend and I have been watching the ninth and tenth seasons of Stargate SG-1 on DVD. If Don’s message doesn’t sound like that of the Ori. Submit to Origin, or we will kill you.

          Save the hell and damnation for the unbelievers. I’m not interested in people who set up straw men and then preach God’s judgment.

          • Don Karns

            The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. – For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. –
            “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. -On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ – And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ –
            Matthew 7:23

  • Glider50

    This doll would be alright if it was for girls only, like Barbie and Ken used to be but it is totally inappropriate for boys to play with. Boys should never play with dolls, that is why there are toy trucks..

    • bowie1

      What about GI Joe dolls?

      • Glider50

        That is totally different. Those weren’t ever made to make boys feel like girls..unlike this new American Girl doll..

        • bowie1

          I suppose.

    • johndoe

      So chauvinist.

      • Glider50

        It isn’t chauvinist. It is protecting boys from being turned into little mo’s.

        • johndoe

          You’re pathetic at best. People don’t change their sexual orientation. Get educated.

          • Glider50

            Oh so sex change operations don’t exist? What planet are you from? Transgenderism is a form of schizophrenia and there IS a drug that doctors have used that make the feelings of wanting to be the opposite sex go away. It is a proven fact. Transgenders are mentally ill but there is a cure that has nothing to do with scalpels and stitches and forcing the American public to have men in the ladies room..

          • johndoe

            We’re talking about a doll……

          • johndoe

            We’re talking about the doll , moron.

          • Glider50

            And many boys who have been raped DO become gay because homosexuals are possessed by demons and the demons go into the boys that are raped. Gays need exorcists NOT rights.

          • johndoe

            Nope. You’re born gay or you’re not. You don’t just turn gay. Absolute nonsense

    • wolftimber

      Gee, you’d be so shocked, for back in the 19th century PINK was the color for boys and BLUE was the color for girls, and little boys were dressed in dresses until about age 6, just a look at President Rooselvelt’s childhood photos you will see him in a DRESS;

      “Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white
      skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed
      with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party
      shoes complete the ensemble.

      We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884,
      when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses
      until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s
      outfit was considered gender-neutral.

      But nowadays people just have to know the sex of a baby or
      young child at first glance, says Jo B. Paoletti, a historian at the
      University of Maryland and author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, to be published later this year. Thus we see, for example, a pink headband encircling the bald head of an infant girl.

      For centuries, children wore dainty white dresses up
      to age 6. “What was once a matter of practicality–you dress your baby
      in white dresses and diapers; white cotton can be bleached”

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Why?

  • bowie1

    Didn’t they have a GI Joe doll decades ago? At least this doll looks like a normal boy so far as I can tell.

    • Tangent002

      No, those are ‘action figures’, not dolls.

      • Netties_Kid

        Don’t play at semantics. Its the same exact thing.

        • Tangent002

          Of course it is. I was being snarky.

      • wolftimber

        Same thing, they are STILL “dolls” no matter what you want to rename them as

    • balloonknot9

      Maybe if they just added the Kung foo grip to this doll all will be right with the world.

  • Brooke Kaczor

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a boy playing with a boy doll… My son has a boy doll that he dresses as an astronaut He would love a Spiderman outfit for him, (but I don’t know how to make one for the doll). I’m sorry but let’s keep this in perspective. My son is not feminized because he has a boy bitty twin doll, he can tell you the gospel, he can explain history and warfare to you, he listens to & reads GA Henty stories and again, knows the true gospel… the doll has not turned him in to a girl or feminized him in any way…

  • Flamekindler

    As a mother and grandmother of boys, I doubt most boys would be interested…all the “dolls” (the boys won’t call them dolls, but “action figures”) my boys had were used as battle figures, losing arms and legs, being buried in the dirt, flying through the air in “explosions”, etc. When the older boy was given a baby doll at the birth of his younger brother, he treated it more like a football. This doll “Logan” will be mostly used by girls.

  • johndoe

    Nobody is feminizing your kids. Take a deep breath and all will be ok.

    • Stephen

      With all due respect Johndoe, you are blind and lacking in sense. The evidence of feminizing men and masculinizing women is all around us in many ways on many fronts. It is one of the purposes in the homosexual movement.

      Remember this, that Satan is always busy trying to turn Gods truth upside down.

      There is no frantic panic going on here. But any time good shrinks back from any right thing, evil fills the vacuum.

      Our time on this earth is one of constant vigilance against evil. It must be. The Bible is our road map and His Holy Spirit our guide to warn and tell us what is evil and what isn’t.

      The church began to abdicate it civic and social responsibilities long ago. It must reassert itself itself in those God-given responsibilities again in a big way and displace the evil that now occupies the place it once did.

  • 1_4thebooks

    My cousin had a Mrs. Beasley doll that he lugged everywhere…he is now in the Highway Patrol and married with 2 children. I think because no one made a big deal out of it, he just thought of it as a toy. He didn’t keep it much past 6 years old. Many boys will play house with their sisters and be the father of the girl dolls. If any thing it teaches them how to act like a dad. Most boys are not going to play with a boy doll past the age of 7. Get them action figures to play with too.

    • Tangent002

      It’s a shame some people think there is only one way to be a man. Or a child.

  • Bezukhov

    Would you approve of this doll if it had a Cross in one hand, a gun in the other, and a tee shirt with the message “Exterminate all Muslims!!!”.

    • Stephen

      It not so much the doll, it’s a symptom of a much greater point that concerns me.

      I disapprove of an environment in our society that confuses kids about their gender identities rather than encouraging and helping them become what God made them to be.

      In Matthew 18:6 the Lord warned those who cause children who believe in Him to stumble. I’m sure He takes a dim view of those who lay stumbling blocks other children trip over as well.

      It occurs to me that the doll you described would fit better in a Muslim market place because it exemplifies a big difference between Muslims and Christians.

      Muslims not only spread lies about and incite hatred against Christians, they are instructed to enslave or murder them in their Quran, and all other non Muslims for that matter.

      But Christians, they are 180 degrees different. They are instructed in the Bible to love Muslims and want them to come to know Jesus as their Savior.

      What a difference, don’t you think! Like hate contrasted with love. War contrasted with peace.

  • Netties_Kid

    I played with “action figures” all throughout my childhood and what is a 4-6 inch “action figure” but a miniaturized male doll?

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Hey, I was into Transformers when I was a kid….technically, those are just robot dolls, right? lol

  • wolftimber

    Boys
    already play with “dolls” and have for decades, only they are not
    called “dolls” they are called um.. “Action figures” like GI Joe

    Who really believes dolls are “girls toys” and trucks and trains are “boys toys” any more???
    Women can’t drive trucks, trains and bulldozers? Men can’t change diapers and cook? who decided THAT?

  • wolftimber

    Thanks to you, I’m going to go out of my way to help SUPPORT this doll and company I knew nothing about it.

    Biblical standards? but yet you IGNORE the ordered to stone to DEATH the child who curses their parents and KILL the adulterer, of which probably 90% of Americans who are divorced and remaried multiple times are guilty of??
    Why have you not killed any adulterers around you?

  • Nidalap

    Been a move on to feminize little boys for quite some time now.
    And I note that the newer animated princesses don’t need no stinkin’ MAN to rescue them…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      That’s the problem. Today’s men sleep around all they want and reward all the non-virgin women by bringing the male pervs into women’s restrooms to get attacked. A truly pathetic empire the USA has become. Happy is a man whose descendants are not secular Westerners who bash their own noble manly ancestors.

  • Trilemma

    Where does the Bible define gender roles for the twenty first century? Does the Bible say that men can’t be nurses and women can’t be doctors? Does the Bible say that men shouldn’t stay at home to take care of babies and that women shouldn’t work outside the home? The gender role I see in the Old testament for women is little more than property/slave for the purpose of pushing out babies for their husbands.

  • FHRITP

    Pastors are, to a person, people most in need of recieving moral guidance, not providing it. Though they nor their flocks would ever admit it, that’s why they become pastors!

  • Tamra Lee

    I know of strong, virile young men who once “played with dolls.” Our son had a boy doll that looked similar to the one in the picture when he was about 3. He had no siblings at the time, and desperately wanted a little brother. He slept with the boy doll and included it with his play (little green army men, etc.). The doll was put aside in a few years when he was ready to do something more grown up. He also enjoyed GI Joe, and had some “glorious” battles! Our son has always liked girls the way a masculine boy likes girls, and has never been confused about his gender. He identified closely with the Hardy boys, and carried his detective gear, so he could spy on the neighbors. (We had to curtail that one.) Other manly boys had sisters older than themselves, and were pressed into the service of being the brother of the otherwise all girl play. (Remember Laurie, aka Lawrence, of Little Women?) If cross dressing occurs, you have a problem. But if there is plenty of teaching from the Bible and it is underlined by loving and wholesome guidance from father, uncle, grandfather the boy(s) will have the role model he needs to be a godly man: one who is tender with women and children, and confident as a man.