Barbie dolls that makes sense

Episcopal Café pointed me to a blog by Leesha Faulkner of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (of all places!).

She notes the news of Barbie being banned in Iran, and while she makes it clear she has no love for Iran’s policies, she suggests that we could do a better job of providing role models to our girls than the classic Barbie. Some of her suggestions for Barbie dolls that send the right message:

  • Tina Brown (controversial at times, but successful in her chosen field)
  • Maya Angelou
  • Margaret Mead (posterity has not been kind to her, but she was a trailblazer)
  • Sally K. Ride (the first woman in space? absolutely!)
  • Nancy Lopez

and last but certainly not least

  • Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

There has been plenty of press about the “princess syndrome” in today’s young girls, and as one who, as I have said before, was raised by feminists in the 1970’s at Pitzer College, I think this is a marvelous idea.

Somehow, though, I think that Mattel is not likely to buy into this.


One Comment on “Barbie dolls that makes sense”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    I also read an article that said young women with cancer are petitioning Matel to have a bald Barbie.


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