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Why Are People So Upset About the Change to American Girl Dolls?

Parents are freaking out about the doll's new sewn-on underwear.

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After American Girl announced earlier this week that some of its new doll designs will now come with permanent underwear sewn onto their bodies, parents started getting their own panties into a twist.

Why? Because American Girls are not Barbies, and apparently they have a higher standard to uphold. At least, that's the story according to the frustrated fans who headed over to the American Girl Facebook page in droves in order to voice their outrage.

"Sewn on underwear American girl, really are you going there?' wrote one. "What a disappointment."

"Please do not attach underwear!" added another. "That's the worst idea that you have ever had!!!


Who knew this would be such a big deal? Not the company, which later took to Facebook in an attempt to explain the decision:

"We take our customer comments very seriously, as well as any changes to our dolls," the post began. "We would never change our dolls without careful consideration. For those who haven't seen it yet, below is a side-by-side picture for comparison. The doll on the left is in a pair of our existing briefs; the doll in the middle features the new design; and the doll in the swimsuit has the new underwear design underneath."

"Doll play is fueled by imagination," the post continued. "And the new underwear design should not hamper a girl's ability to create limitless play opportunities."

Not gonna lie—I don't really mind the change. Of course, my daughter has long since abandoned her American Girl dolls. But there was a time when she was obsessed with them, and we had a really hard time keeping on top of all those tiny accessories—the glasses, the shoes, and yes, the underwear. One less item for my kid to lose track of? Works for me.

But since I'm not the target audience for this product anymore, I'm curious what you guys think. Does the idea of sewn-on panties make you mad? Let me know in the comments.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.