Perspectives on Race

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Black Barbie

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These new barbies come in various skin tones and have different facial features.  I feel this is great because many minorities grow up with only white dolls to play with. This allows them to play with dolls that are similar to them and can give them more confidence with their own looks.


Written by samhag

October 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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  1. I still think that the light skinned, blond Barbie would be the preferred choice amongst kids because that’s basically what we portray as the norm. The media perpetuates this norm quite well. Even these new Barbies mimicked America’s growing diversity, it would still carry with it racial perceptions and undertones. For example, you are not likely to see a white child to pick a black Barbie in store with a selection of different elasticities because that’s simply what they are accustomed to seeing. Nonetheless, I find this a step in the right direction in that these toy companies are trying to differences acceptable.


    October 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  2. I, too, believe that this is a step in the right direction. However, I can’t help but think back to that video that we watched in class that showed the young children choosing a white doll over a black doll, even when they had a choice. I’d be curious to know how “popular” these darker Barbies will be and whether people of varying skin colors will be inclined to purchase them. Despite having the opportunity to play with darker-skinned barbie doll, children are still bombarded with images of light-skinned, blonde women all over the media. I am not convinced that darker-skinned barbies will make them feel better about themselves, nor have less of a desire to look like and have the unattainable figure of the original Barbie. With the number of advertisements that children are exposed to every day, it won’t be until ads feature a higher number of darker-skinned women that young minority children will truly begin feeling better about themselves and confident with their own individuality.


    October 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  3. I think this is awesome. Why not have Barbies for all the races? Ya, the original Barbie was white with blonde hair and blue eyes and perfect facial features-but it’s 2009 now, time to get the ball moving and have a Barbie for all the races!
    This reminds me of the video we watched in class that demonstrated the preference for white baby dolls instead of black baby dolls. Perhaps if Barbies and dolls held a more prevalent assortment of races, there wouldn’t be the issue of preference for white dolls.


    October 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  4. I believe that this is a great step, now we just have to work on the proportions of the actual doll. If Barbie were a real women, her measurements would be completely unrealistic.

    ‘If scaled into real life proportions, she would be 5 feet, 9 inches, (1.75 m) measuring 36-18-33. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the requisite 17 to 22 percent of body fat required to menstruate.’

    Lord, M.G. Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. New York: William Morrow and Company,Inc., 1994.

    Now what kind of message is this sending to young girls?


    October 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

  5. This is great because when I was a child there was only one doll to choose from. I feel that its great step in our society


    October 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

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