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XIX and 6-9

in which two quite unrelated topics are presented in a single post


In roman numerals it's hard to believe that 19 is strictly non-palindromic, isn't it? It is also Christopher's age as of yesterday. We took him and some other big eaters out to dinner to celebrate. We had to be quick about it, since UMBC is still in session and both Chris and his roommate have exams today and tomorrow.

Age Range

Someone on my neighborhood parents' list attempted to forward an attachment. People on the list frequently forget that this is impossible, apparently. The subject of the post was all that remained--"Tell Hasbro: Don't Turn Burlesque into Child's Play". Well, I can guess what this might be about but inquiring minds with broadband want details. Here they are.

A month ago, an article appeared in the New York Times (a pdf is posted here) describing a new toy product, the Pussycat Dolls dolls. The blogosphere didn't exactly rock in outrage, but I did find a few comments scattered about. Most people seem to feel that the target age range is too young for these $15 fashion dolls. I think the attachment to the original post was probably a link to The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's letter-writing campaign.

As usual, I agree with everybody on this issue. Yes, this toy is inappropriate for the K-3 crowd. Yes,
Thank you very much for your letter regarding our line of dolls based on the popular singing group, The Pussycat Dolls.

As with all of Hasbro’s products, we encourage parents and caregivers to be involved in all aspects of their child’s development, including play. They ultimately know best what is most appropriate for their child and should be part of any purchasing decision.

Based on your input, it is clear that you do not feel a doll based on The Pussycat Dolls is appropriate for children. ...we certainly respect your opinions and very much appreciate you providing us with your perspective.

However, we also know that there are parents, girls and a wide-range of fans who enjoy the music of groups like The Pussycat Dolls and appreciate the opportunity to collect dolls like the ones we and competitors bring to the marketplace.

Thank you once again for your input.
if you don't want these dolls, don't buy them.

The only thing I don't really see working is a commercial-free childhood. I would rather have a commercial-aware childhood for my kids.


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May. 23rd, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
The Pussycat Dolls thing is a bit weird. I am finding stuff online that says Hasbro stated they would be making the dolls, but cannot find any direct statements from Hasbro. It isn't even on their website, where they have an area for press releases for new products.

I suspect a hoax. It just doesn't make sense.
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