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December 06, 2010

This is the first installment in a 20-part series entitled, "Harmful Christmas Gift of the Day." I worked as a Picker of items at an Amazon.com processing warehouse for a good chunk of the holiday season, and the only thing I got out of it was a list of disturbing, harmful items parents are buying for their children (or each other) this Holiday. This article and many more at my site http://www.YeahHeDid.com!

There is a moment in every parent's "career" when he or she will have the opportunity (and responsibility) to help decide what kind of person they want their child to become. These moments often come in the form of a very important decision the parent will make on behalf of his or her child. Normally, these moments are vastly different from parent to parent, and are (probably) unique to each parent more often than not. However, this holiday is different. This holiday millions of parents can, together, make one single, simple choice to help turn their daughters into good people.

The choice is to not buy today's item of the day. Unfortunately, many parents are not making this choice. And America's going to realize the irrevocable consequences someday. The item is the Jacob Doll from Twilight. Here's a picture:

This picture really kind of writes the whole article itself without my help. However, something this important can never really be spelled out enough. First of all, I really don't have a huge problem with the Twilight series. I think it's wonderful that a socially anxious girl who never really had a chance to learn how to act reasonably (in real life or on screen) became a star. I think it's great that a lot of girls are spending time reading these books when many would otherwise be spending it seeking out and engaging with the country's creepiest and most desperate individuals on aging and irrelevant social networking sites.

I do, however, have a problem with how this series is being marketed to America's impressionable young women. Specifically, the "Jacob" character. I know nothing about him, and I plan to maintain this ignorance through this entire article and, hopefully, for the rest of my life. It is unmistakable, however, that this Jacob doll does not come with a shirt. Now I know (from word of mouth) that Jacob spends much of the series without one. What I don't understand... is why the makers of this doll don't even give girls the opportunity to dress this little guy appropriately.

If a girl wants to take off a doll's shirt to replicate sequences of the film or simply admire its machine-made plastic mini-abs, she's free by the great laws that govern this land to do so. Giving girls no other option, though, reveals different intentions by the maker of the doll; intentions that will skew the emotional and romantic development of these girls for the rest of their childhoods.

Making a doll and selling it without a shirt, without question, sends the kind of message that literally begs girls to focus on the "physical perfections" of this doll. Jacob is leaving almost nothing to the imagination, and as girls spend more and more time with this doll, its perfections will be embedded deeper and deeper into their minds. Since the Twilight series generally removes girls from real life social situations in the first place, they'll grow up with this doll as the only major male influence in their lives.

By time they're ready to date, their standards are going to be so high that they won't accept anything less than a Jacob. Unfortunately, many of these girls will never be able to get a Jacob of their own. There aren't enough to go around (thank God), and even if there were, many of the Jacobs themselves would have standards that are too high to be met by many Twilight fans. The girls will all fight over the few Jacobs that they can find, a losing battle inevitably resulting in overwhelming sadness, defeat and rejection for the majority of the adolescent human race (male and female).

I think it's admirable that parents want to get their kids what they want for Christmas. But parents: instilling some kind of moral standard for your kids' Christmas presents is not a bad idea. In fact, it's an essential one. Keep Jacob out of the house. Your daughter will thank you later on in life when she's a normal, happy girl whose standards are more geared towards personality and communication and less towards a fictional werewolf man.

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