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American Girl's New 'Homeless' Doll

American Girl dolls are designed to be educational, but the newly released Gwen Thompson, a pristinely dressed homeless character that sells for $95, has raised more than a few eyebrows. Some critics are surprised that the doll isn't being used as a fundraising tool for actual homeless people, but has instead been marketed like any other toy from the über-successful toy empire. One advocate for the homeless found "the whole concept to be extremely disturbing. It's not a doll I would ever buy for a child."