You'll Have to Pry This Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Doll From My Cold, Dead Hands

The 5-year-old who lives in my house woke up earlier than usual, 'round 6 a.m., only to discover school had been canceled on account of skating-rink conditions. Which means that after a few hours spent reading the collected works of John Updike and reproducing Georges-Pierre Seurat's Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte (again) and posting comments to Ashlee Simpson's blog concerning her sister's weight and the media's interest in said expansion, he'll probably play, oh, just a few seconds of the LEGO Batman video game, which he hasn't touched since the second day of Hanukkah, swear. Ahem.

Of course, I is a terrible parent, according to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has that video game listed among the five worst toys of the year. The coalition has nominated it for a TOADY Award -- as in, Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children Award. Cheery! Vote today, as another contender hits closer to home (not mine, but, ya know ... swear): the Barbie Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Doll, which CCFC says combines "two classic symbols of gendered stereotypes ... demonstrating that Mattel won't let Bratz win the race to the bottom without a fight." Cat sound.

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Robert Wilonsky
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