American Girl Finally Adds a Boy Doll to Its Collection

American Girl introduces Logan Everett, the first boy doll
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Though a good number of parents (and children) are likely still pissed at American Girl for putting permanent underwear on Truly Me dolls, maybe this bit of awesome news will help restore a bit of faith in the doll company. American Girl just announced plans to release its first-ever boy doll that, hopefully, will reaffirm the notion that everyone can and should enjoy playing with dolls.

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World, say hello to Logan Everett, who is set to make his grand debut on February 16. Logan is a drummer who enjoys playing music with his friend, singer and guitar player Tenney Grant, who joins a list of new American Girl dolls set to make appearances later this year.

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American Girl debuts Logan Everett, their first ever boy doll
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Julie Parks, American Girl's director of public relations, tells the Huffington Post she has heard parents' comments about diversity and hopes Logan will make for a great addition to boys' and girls' favorite toys.

"Adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time," Parks told the Huffington Post. "For a long time, we've been hearing, 'We want more.'"

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I think I speak for all parents when I say THANK YOU to American Girl. Adding a boy to the lineup of available dolls has been a long time coming and is definitely a step in the right direction.

Representation is so important, and it goes beyond ethnicity. It has to -- it needs to -- include gender, as there's such a crazy stigma around the "right types of toys" boys and girls should enjoy. For so long, it seems like our little gents-in-training have been told they can't or shouldn't play with dolls, because they're only for girls.

And this type of BS needs to stop now.

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I have 3- and 1½-year-old boys whom I let play with whatever toys make them giddy. And, should one of them ever want to bring home a doll to square up against their foot-tall superheroes (that's their thing right now), so be it. 

Boys playing with dolls shouldn't be a big deal at all.

Hopefully American Girl's Logan doll will help "normalize" this type of play and encourage girls and boys to enjoy a trip to the American Girl store.

... Assuming they weren't already reveling in the joys of playing with dolls.
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