I've been reading a great book called "Cinderella Ate My Daughter!" by Peggy Orenstein about how little girls are being desensitized by society and the media. Anyway, there’s a chapter about how most merchandise and children’s show characters are associated with the color pink in one way or another and Orenstein cited Abby Cadabby as an example. Clearly she’s done her homework because she interviewed Sesame Street’s current executive producer, who said that ever since the show’s inception, they’ve tried to add a new female character every season and for the most part they’ve all been unsuccessful. Lulu “wasn’t pretty enough” and Zoe “never caught on” (I also found out that her tutu was created for that reason, so that answers the question that my “Zoe’s Tutu” thread posed), which Orenstein translates to “neither of them were pink”. Hence why Abby Cadabby is pink. A lot of this makes sense to me, except for the idea that Zoe wasn’t accepted by the audience. Zoe was introduced in 1993 and was the primary female character until Abby Cadabby was introduced in 2006. That’s thirteen years! If the producers really felt that way about Zoe, they would have tried to replace her long before they actually did. How do you all feel about all this?