Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

A small step forward.

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I read this article on msnbc and found it to be very interesting. Every girl at some point in her life has owned a Barbie, but for non white girls there have been few options of dolls that look like them. The black Barbie and the hispanic Barbie both looked like white Barbies, the only difference being a darker skin tone. This new line of Barbies from Mattel offers girls dolls with what they market as a more accurate depiction of African American girls. Girls can have something to look up to as the dolls are career minded. However, some people are complaining because they still have long straight hair which reinforces the insecurities black girls have about their kinky, short hair being less beautiful than long straight hair. Even with that issue, it seems they are finally taking a step forward in showing that beauty comes in many different forms and that white features are not the only standards for beauty.


Written by brecal

October 11, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I’d say it’s a good step despite the hair thing. I’m wondering though, what about an Asian and Indian barbie? I guess they just wanted to make barbies of the larger minority groups…which makes me think they’re doing it not to promote diversity and race relations but rather make more of a profit by targeting almost everyone. They are a business, after all…


    October 12, 2009 at 3:08 am

  2. I agree i think its a good step. I think we should make more dolls representing minority groups.


    October 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm

  3. It is a very good step forward. I don’t think it should matter what kind of doll the children should play with, because dolls are very small thing to worry about. If we worry about dolls we might not be racist.


    October 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

  4. This is great! I wish my sister and I would have been able to choose from different types of barbies back when we were younger, as we used to play with friends of all different backgrounds- Indian, Persian, Brazilian, among others. Hopefully Mattel will be able to expand on this idea and add barbie dolls of a wider variety of ethnicities.


    October 13, 2009 at 12:00 am

  5. I really like this, I feel like this is another good step for children and racism.
    However, I’m curious, is it possibly to give a barby kinky hair? Maybe it’s not an issue of telling black girls that straight hair is more beautiful, but maybe they just cant manufacture hair like that.


    October 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

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