What wrong with Barbie and Girl Scouts’ partnership?

March 16, 2014

Dear Editor,

I’m writing in response to an article in the March 11, 2014, paper. The article was concerning the Girl Scouts being asked to end partnership with Barbie.

I could hardly believe it when Susan Linn, director of the Boston-based Girl Scout organization, said that Barbie “sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts’ vital mission to build ‘girls of courage, confidence and character,’” when the Girl Scouts are allowed to partner with Planned Parenthood.

You don’t think Planned Parenthood is so bad because the name sounds so good? Go to “100 Questions for Girl Scouts” and see what they teach our youth. Maybe Planned Parenthood isn’t working with our local chapters, but it just hasn’t trickled down yet. Girl Scouts used to be an honorable organization with a good reputation that most girls longed to be a part of. I’m afraid that reputation has been sullied by their indulgence with Planned Parenthood.

Connie Gibbs

Letart, W.Va.