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    American Girl stories were the best tbh

    Dude, read the books, she and her mom freed themselves in Book 1. We don’t disrespect American Girl in this house

    Don’t you dare disrespect Addy, or any of my girls for that matter. American Girl used to be legit. Good stories, good dolls, good movies.

    Felicity’s story was set in the beginnings of the American Revolution, and addressed the conflict that she faced when her loved ones were split between patriots and loyalists. It also covered the effects of animal abuse, and forgiving those who are unforgivable.

    Samantha’s stories centered around the growth of industrial America, women’s suffrage, child abuse, and corruption in places of power. Also, it emphasises how dramatically adoption into a caring family can turn a life around.

    Kit’s story is one of my favorites. Her family is hit hard by the Great Depression, and they begin taking in boarders and raise chickens to help make ends meet. Her books include themes of poverty, police brutality, homelessness, prejudice, and the importance of unity in difficult times.

    Molly’s father, a doctor, is drafted during the Second World War. Throughout her story, friends of hers suffer the loss of their husbands, sons, and brothers overseas. Her mother leaves the traditional housewife position and works full-time to help with the war effort. They also take in an English refugee child, who learns to open up after a life of traumatic experience.

    American Girl stories have always featured the very harsh realities of America through the years. But they’re always presented honestly, yet in ways that kids can understand. They just go to show that you don’t have to live in a perfect time to be a real American girl.

    Dont you fucking dare disrespect the American Girls in my house. ESPECIALLY Addy!! That was my first REAL contact with the horrors of slavery, as I read about her father being whipped and sold and her mother escaping with her to freedom, but also how freedom was still a struggle.

    A slave doll. Please. Read the books.

    Don’t forget Kirsten, the Swedish immigrant who had to deal with balancing her own culture and learning the english language and customs of her classmates, or Kaya (full name Kaya'aton'my, or She Who Arranges Rocks) , the brave but careless girl from the Nez Perce tribe, or Josefina, the Mexican girl learning to be a healer.

    And then there are the later dolls, that kids younger than me would have grown up with (I was just outgrowing American Girl as these came out), like Rebecca, the Jewish girl who dreams of becoming an actress in the budding film industry, or  Julie, who fights against her school’s gender policy surrounding sports in the 70s, or  Nanea, the Hawaiian girl whose father worked at Pearl Harbor.

    These books, these characters, are fantastic pictures into life for girls in America throughout the years, they pull no punches with the horrors that these girls had to face in their different time periods, and in many cases I learned more history from these series than social studies at school. And that’s without even mentioning the “girl of the year” series where characters are created in the modern world to help girls deal with issues like friend problems, moving, or bullying. We do NOT disrespect American Girl in this house.

    American Girl is probably going to be the only exposure young girls are going to get to history from a female perspective. This is actually kind of important considering that in history classes we dont really get that exposure. We dont hear about what women felt and endured during these time periods cause schools are too busy teaching us about what happened from the male perspective, which is not unimportant, but we need both. Girls need both.

    These books were such a crucial part of my childhood and shaped my love of history, which still ensures today. These books can be a young girl’s first lessons in diversity and cultural awareness (hopefully burying that insensitive “we’re all Americans” tripe) and looking at history from more perspectives than just that taught in school. They also are an example of how women have ALWAYS been part of history, which some people would rather us not believe.

    I think Kit and Kaya were the newest American Girls when I started “aging out” of the books, but hearing about some of these kinda makes me want to revisit them!

    I wasn’t gonna say anything, but you know what?

    Nah.

    OP (of the tweet thread) was either a actively trying to start shit or is just a huge fucking moron. Probably both.

    I’d like to point out that the company that makes American Girl dolls actually doesn’t skimp when doing their research and they don’t make the dolls with the intent to be offensive in any way:

    I didn’t know that about Kaya! That’s AWESOME.

    As someone who worked in the American Girl section of Chapters in Canada, these stories are so very deep and thorough, and the research they do is incredible. They actually had several people work on the design of Addy’s hair to be more accurate to the texture of natural hair. And while they have other dolls in the other branches of their brand, Addy’s hair still remains unique to her alone.

    Josefina’s story is about the loss of her mother while she dealt with foreigners and learning to become a healer. She was never in the store I worked at, so I don’t remember much of her story, but I remember a coworker being incredibly happy that it existed!!

    Cecile was sold alongside Marie-Grace as a pair, and their story revolves around self confidence, having friends, and learning to pursue your passions in life. They were both retired before I began working there, so I also did not learn their stories as well as I’d have liked to.

    The Truly Me line has a variety of dolls with different face moods, eye colours, skin colours, hair colours & textures. You can get them hearing aids, there are bald dolls. There are sets like the diabetes care kit, crutches, arm crutches, wheelchairs, and probably so many more since I left my position in 2017. The Girl of the Year line features many different stories about girls in our present world, featuring girls in STEM, finding passion in arts, dealing with bullying, overcoming adversity and odds stacked against you. There are now boy dolls that has started allowing young boys to grow their interest when they may not have prior to their existence.

    This brand means so much to me and to so many others, both young and old. They have given the world its history from a girl’s point of view, and its empowering young minds around the globe, and trust me when I say that. I’ve met collectors from Australia, England, and India, and that’s only a short list off the top of my head.

    We do not disrespect American Girl in this household

    I always liked how your hands looked, and not just in comparison to mine

    they were an artist's hands

    calloused from building walls and

    skin covered in clay that cracked as it dried

    you see, i have two thoughts

    before touching someone's hands

    are they soft?

    i hope not

    not too soft

    because four years ago i fell into a hole

    so as soon as they touch

    i wonder if they’re strong enough

    to help pull me to the top

    and are they cold? god, i hope so

    because mine are so cold

    that anytime someone touches them

    they ask me if something’s wrong

    i know that most people have walls but

    i just don’t think mine are the same

    you are hiding away

    i am trying to escape

    i am inside of a cave

    trying to retain the memory

    of the last time that I saw the light of the day

    and i told you that where i am felt permanent

    and you told me to give it time because nothing is

    but the minute our hands touched I felt something click

    because they were strong

    with the force to dig your nails into the earth

    and make the world suddenly stop

    and they were cold

    like the metal gears and glass casing

    constructing a clock

    and i know that im not moving fast enough

    i know that so much time has already passed us up

    and i know that it must be frustrating to stand in front

    of someone who keeps promising you that they’ll get better

    without the evidence to back it up

    but you have to trust me

    the past is ugly

    but ill make it to the other side as long as i know

    that when I get there I’ll have somebody

    please, i know that i can do this

    i just need another half a month

    i can pull through this

    i just need our hands to touch

    you said that you would always look for me in the crowd

    with the same eagerness that a child sifts through the lost and found

    searching for anything that felt missing

    never considering what would happen the moment you stopped

    as if the moment you’re not looking for an object

    is the moment it stops being lost

    i get it, you were cold

    but i wanted to be more than just a coat

    clinging onto a body that i was never constructed to hold

    or a mirror to look into when your reflection

    stopped looking like a person that you know

    i know that you know the feeling of new clothes

    but do you know what it’s like

    to sit at the bottom of a box every night

    replaying the fantasy of cold hands reaching inside

    to take you home

    you said you felt lost when you were found out

    the death of our hands on your couch

    was the birth of discovery

    that someone elses hands

    could feel cold

    and in that sudden rush

    i thought of all the hands

    that could help me build a home

    and none of them looked like yours

    - flatsound

    heartache songs

    -girl crush / harry styles

    -hold me while you wait / lewis capaldi

    -moral of the story / ashe

    -break my heart again / finneas

    -liability / lorde

    -falling / harry styles

    -before you go / lewis capaldi

    -from afar / vance joy

    -i know it’s over / jeff buckley

    -crowded places / banks

    -feels like this / maisie peters

    -i found / amber run

    -love song / lana del rey

    -appointments / julien baker

    -poison and wine / the civil wars

    -miss atomic bomb / the killers

    more heartache songs

    -fine line / harry styles 

    -oceans / seafret

    -that’s us / anson seabra

    -warmer state / molly bush (this one hits different y’all)

    -i and love and you / the avett brothers

    -rome / dermot kennedy

    -go home / julien baker

    -too sad to cry / sasha sloan

    -for now / laura wurster

    -lost on you / lewis capaldi

    -leaving my love behind / lewis capaldi

    -the night we met / lord huron

    -looking too closely / fink

    -video games / lana del rey

    -oblivion / bastille

    -if i go, i’m goin’ / gregory alan isakov

    -medicine / daughter

    anonymous

    I've been in love with the same boy for almost three years now and he's done some really awful stuff to me, but I've always forgiven him because of how completely in love with him I am. But at this point I'm so done with his bullshit... how do you fall out of love with someone?

    You can’t force it, as unfortunate as that is. The key is loving yourself. The more you love yourself, the less you feel the need to expend love on people who don’t reciprocate it. Love is a gift, and you don’t have to give it to anyone undeserving, even when it feels like it’s out of your control. You can care about him, want the best for him, but remove yourself from the picture. If he is bad for you, if he mistreats you or affects your mental health negatively, there is only so much you can do for him, no matter how you feel. At some point, you need to step back and realize “this isn’t right for me, I deserve more than this” and rearrange the way you think. If you are at peace with yourself, and you fully understand your own value as a unique individual, you will no longer feel drawn to people who mistreat you. I can’t tell you the magic word to fall out of love with someone, but I can tell you that you deserve better and realizing that will change everything for you.

    anonymous

    what do you do when you know you need to let go of someone, but every part of you clings to them like they’re your oxygen?

    It doesn’t sound like a good or right solution, but I have one word for you: Distraction. Read, start a new show, go out with friends, do things you love, things that fill you with life and vigor and that perfect feeling that puts you completely at peace, whatever that may be. Run, swim, paint, write, sing. Whatever brings you the most joy, do. When you turn your mind to other things, things that make your life wonderful and bright, you will realize that the person you love, the person you need to let go of, isn’t the only good thing, isn’t the best thing. There are so many amazing things that will make you glow with happiness and belonging. Find those things, do those things. Be your best self, don’t let your sadness hold you back. Distract yourself with joy, and eventually you will look up and realize that you have let that person go, through the simple act of living your life, without even realizing it. Find happiness without them. It is possible, and it is amazing.

    There wasn’t yelling. There wasn’t fighting. There wasn’t “fuck you” and “I never loved you” and “I’m not going to miss you.”

    There were two tired hearts. Still beating, but no longer in sync. Four eyes that never seemed to meet at the same time. Twenty fingers that no longer entwined. Two pairs of lips that hadn’t met in months.

    So we said goodbye. We said we’d keep in touch. We said “good luck,” and we meant it. And it hit me:

    I spent so long being mad at you, that I forgot you were human, too. That we were both flawed. That I loved you, I loved you, I loved you.

    I still do.

    “i’m sorry for not realizing you were doing your best”