September 4th, 2019

buffy anne

American Girl Podcast

I listened to the first episode of a podcast called American Girls, where two historians analyze the American Girl Doll books that I and so many other girls loved growing up. I may continue listening as I found it engaging, but it was not what I expected and I had a lot of issues.

First of all, since the hosts are historians, I expected a focus on history, and discussion about what the books get right and wrong, and adding detail and historical context. In the first episode, "Meet Felicity, Meet Us", there wasn't much history. I learned nothing new.

The other issue for me was how the hosts talked about Felicity. They commented that as girls they liked Felicity, but as adults they found her obnoxious and selfish. It bothered me how much of the podcast was a pair of adults trashing a nine-year-old. Even a fictional nine-year-old, it still bothered me.