Tell us what you think: Barbie and the Girl Scouts

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 file photo, a mock-up cover of Barbie on a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is displayed at the Mattel booth at the American International Toy Fair in New York. A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts. Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics _ the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream _ on Thursday, March 6, 2014 urged the Girl Scouts of USA to end its partnership with the doll's manufacturer, the Mattel toy company. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 file photo, a mock-up cover of Barbie on a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is displayed at the Mattel booth at the American International Toy Fair in New York. A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts. Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics _ the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream _ on Thursday, March 6, 2014 urged the Girl Scouts of USA to end its partnership with the doll's manufacturer, the Mattel toy company. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(WWLP) – Two advocacy groups are asking the Girl Scouts of America to end their partnership with Mattel, the manufacturer of the popular Barbie doll.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for the New American Dream asked the national organization to end their partnership, while the Girl Scouts have so far refused.

The scouts’ relationship with Mattel, a campaign entitled “I can be…” is designed to encourage Daisy and Brownie scouts to follow their dreams about what they would like to be when they grow up. The Girl Scouts have set up a website and activity books featuring Barbie, and there is even a Barbie participation patch.

Susan Linn, the director of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, told USA Today that the partnership puts Barbie up as a role model for young girls; something that she says “sexualizes” the youngsters and gives them the wrong ideas about body image.

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