Dear Lands’ End
My name is Ruby. I am ten years old. I want to talk to you. I read your magazine, the one selling bathing suits, and Summer stuff.
Excluding Boys: I don’t like excluding. You do that. Here is a quote from your magazine. “So she can dance, swing, jump, and play…and still look and feel great all day.” She: I would prefer if you would kindly write: “your child…” and so on. “She” is excluding boys.
Excluding Girls: Now, I will tell you about the boys. What you wrote about them excludes girls. You wrote, “Their frog-catching, bike-riding, party-dressing, horse-playing, backyard adventuring ways. I’m a girl. I help my brother catch frogs. I love to ride my bike. I party-dress and adventure in my back and front yards. But I do not horse-play. All of that excludes girls.
How it’s supposed to be? I may be too harsh. I warn you not to get your feelings hurt. I have something to say, too! Here it is: You not only exclude, but you imply that girls are supposed to be pretty, and maybe dance a lot, and boys, are supposed to be, say, roughly playing, or something. People want to be free. You hold them back, with your dresses, and “Outdoor adventuring!” You are responsible: Let go of the “girls” and “boys.” Think of them as what they really are, themselves. You too must not lose yourself. Think of people as people. Think of me as me, and you as you. Also, your magazine children, they don’t know any better. You can fix this. This is not how it’s supposed to be.
Words: I am speaking this letter in a way of words. Words can change the World! Anger burns; it’s not the best. Words of anger can hurt and never mend. My own anger is dying. Please do as I beg. I cannot ask for more. You have hurt me with your magazine, yet I forgive.
Act: Boys; girls; men; women: we can do our part. This is mine. If you do not do this, you will be excluding me.
Ruby lives in Rhode Island (US), where she enjoys homeschooling, as it allows her to pursue her many passions. She is determined to make the world better for all people, and actively raises money for the homeless, by selling her creations. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, and fiction, illustrating, singing, acting, piano, and playing with friends of all ages.