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Barbie 'Promotes Gender Confusion' Conservative Group Claims

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 3, 2006 - 11:00 am ET

(New York City) A conservative group claims that Mattel's popular doll Barbie is promoting gender confusion among children. Concerned Women for America says that because the company's website for the doll asks children their sex Matell is giving in "to the homosexual agenda".

The questionnaire provides 3 boxes: "girl", "boy", "I don't know".

"It’s the idea that well, maybe people aren’t born a particular biological sex, or they are but that shouldn’t determine their gender identity," said Bob Knight, the director of CWA's Culture & Family Institute. "And that’s a very big component of the homosexual activist agenda now."

"In other words, any kid who’s not sure about who he is, he’s fair game to try to persuade to have same sex acts," said Knight.

The Barbie Web site is free and the only area where children are asked to register is in an area called "My Backpack" where kids can sign up to receive birthday greetings.

According to Knight the company is trying to confuse children as young as four.

It isn't the first time that CWA has targeted Matell. The organization previously went after the toymaker's American Girl doll division, claiming that Girl Inc. promotes abortion and lesbianism to young girls.

It is the latest in a series of attacks by conservative Christian groups on corporations perceived as being gay friendly.

Last year James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, suggested that cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is gay. Dobson brought up the subject in a speech pre-inauguration dinner in Washington.

He based his claim on SpongeBob' s role in a "pro-homosexual video". The popular character was one of several that appear in a pro-tolerance music video for kids produced by the Anti-Defamation League.

Christian fundamentalist groups have been targeting a wide range of companies that they claim "pander" to gays.

Last month the American Family Association declared victory when Ford announced it was dropping advertising in the LGBT media following a threatened boycott by the AFA.

Following outrage by the gay community Ford reversed course. (story) The AFA says it may reinstate the boycott.

The AFA has a long history of using boycotts to try to force companies to adhere to a strict conservative view, but with mixed success.

It boycotted Proctor and Gamble last year after the Cincinnati-based P&G supported the repeal of an anti-gay law in that city. (story)

In April AFA declared victory over Proctor & Gamble after the company ended most of its advertising in the gay media. (story) The group claimed that more than 300,000 people had signed pledges not to buy P&G products.

The effect on P&G is believed to be one of the major reasons Microsoft decided to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill in the state of Washington following a meeting with a conservative Christian leader. (story) Following outrage from the company's gay workers and LGBT rights groups in Washington the company reversed course again and announced it would support gay rights measures in the future. (story)

In May, the AFA took aim at Kraft Foods - stopping just short of calling for a full boycott - for sponsoring the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago. (story) Kraft has not budged in its support for the games.

Last month Focus on the Family, announced it was withdrawing its funds from Wells Fargo because of the banks involvement in pro-gay causes. (story)

©365Gay.com 2006


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