Two-fer Tuesday: Disney-free and Happy Meal Toys

I’ve missed a couple of weeks of Two-fer madness, but I’m back in the saddle now. Here are this week’s links:

When I was sending out the link to my post about Disney Princesses, someone introduced me to a worthy project: going for a year without owning, watching, or spending money on Disney products. It’s called  A Magical Year Without Disney.

“Our Magical Year Without Disney began as a boycott after the Walt Disney Company tried to shut down the three-person advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. [Read the New York Times story.]

For me, this was the last straw. I’d had it with Disney. Why?

Certainly there are other companies, products, and industries worth boycotting. But this is why we chose Disney.”

And then over at Daddy Types, some good commentary on the Happy Meal Toy debate:

“Happy Meal toys are the toy equivalent of McDonalds french fries, which are in turn the food equivalent of cigarettes. They incite and fill an instant craving. Their utility wears off in about five minutes. By which point, they’ve lodged themselves in lungs, arteries, and carseat cracks, though not necessarily in that order.

There should not need to be laws to protect children from such industrial-scale manipulation of primal behaviors. But you know what, parents are often giant, oblivious idiots when it comes to Happy Meals. Food or toy, they can’t see their own susceptibility being played and upsold, any more than they can see their own feet. They don’t want to be told what to do, but they’re more than happy to let some random corporation decide what their kid eats.”

Enjoy, and leave a comment at those sites if you like!

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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