Sophia was visiting and decided to pop into the kitchen to get a drink. She thought she could hear someone crying, and when she walked in, she found Lanie with big tears coming down her face.
“Lanie! What’s the matter?”
“Haven’t you heard? It’s just awful. American Girl has decided to make underwear a permanent part of a dolls body. We’ll be okay, but most of the dolls to be made in the future will have their underwear permanently attached.”
“NO! That’s awful!” replied Sophia. She went over to console Lanie. Just then Alya walked in.
“Hey guys, what’s u…what’s the matter??? Lanie, why are you crying?”
The girls told Alya the news.
“WHAT?!?!?! You have got to be kidding me! This is an outrage! I won’t stand for it, I simply won’t. We deserve to have a say in this, and I don’t agree with it. Girls, I think we should organize a protest!”
The girls told everyone else and the response was overwhelming. Everyone who didn’t have something going on already turned up for the protest. Alya had written a speech for the occasion. They even made signs.
“Ladies, I am so glad you came this evening,” Alya started. “There is a matter of urgent concern in the doll community, and we need to take a stand. It has been brought to my attention that American Girl thinks it’s okay to make future dolls wear their underwear ALL THE TIME!”
There was a collective gasp from the group.
“Yes, that means you would have to wear your underwear under your bathing suit. In the bathtub and shower, and worse yet, on the toilet! How is that going to work??? And what about that outfit where you might not want a panty line??”
“No permanent underwear!!!” chanted the crowd.
“I don’t think Saint Pleasant ever intended us to have permanent underwear. It’s not historically accurate, it’s not biologically accurate. No body shaming, no bullying and NO PERMANENT UNDERWEAR!”
A cheer rose from the crowd. “HURRAY!”
“We have to take this public, let American Girl know we aren’t happy. It should be a choice!”
Alya spoke for quite a while about the subject, as well as the general decline in American Girl quality. Then she told the girls it was time for the salute: