Do New Black Barbies Break the Mold?

Mattel launches So In Style Barbies, but do they reflect diversity or promote racial stereotypes?
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Do New Black Barbies Break the Mold?

Mattel launches So In Style Barbies, but do they reflect diversity or promote racial stereotypes?

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  1. White Barbies aren’t exactly realistic either — I don’t’ think anyone expects Barbie to accurately reflect real women of any ethnicity. I just can’t believe there hasn’t been a black Barbie until now!!

  2. I cannot believe that this is even an issue!! There has been a black Barbie before, as well as an Asian one and Hispanic.

    White Barbies don’t realistically portray any white women or girls I have EVER seen in my entire life. And besides all of this, why is anyone taking their child having a Barbie doll so seriously?

    My mother never even allowed myself or my 2 sisters to have Barbie dolls because she said she looked like a whore; however, when we did have baby dolls, my younger sister (the middle child) wanted to get a black one (we are white) and my mom was fine with that and bought it for her. My sister always wanted to get black dolls simply because she liked how they looked I guess and my mom didn’t think a thing of it, race was never an issue. I believe most of the people who always say others are racist are the the ones who actually still have an issue and do not want to let it go. What do you think would happen if there was White Pride Month or scholarships only for white students? That would of course be called prejudice. Just my thoughts.

  3. GOD! It seems we can’t win… People want more races to be reflected but get all huffy when they have wider noses and fuller lips. I don’t think that is stereotypical, I think it’s representative. I mean white girls come in all shapes and sizes too, and you don’t see all of them reflected in the the different types of Barbie dolls either. The mixed messages are really frustrating!

  4. All I know is they are beautiful! No girl looks like Barbie, not even Heidi Klum (extremely close but still not Barbie). People need to just stop looking for a problem in everything. Mattel should be able to make racially diverse barbies without people complaining they push a stereo-type. My cousins are half black and half white, they have a gorgeous light brown skin and green eyes. Whats wrong with representing them? My nose is way wider than the original barbie and I have four times the hips she has as well. I was brought up to realize she is a doll and nothing more, Not a role model or someone to aspire to be. That’s what a mother is for, to be a little girls role model. PLEASE stop making everything about race!

  5. I’m so glad they’re offering these now. I’m not minority but I try to find toys and books with children of different races for my son. If I have a daughter someday I will buy her some of these dolls (and other ethnicities if available) because it is reflective of real life and people she will meet, friends, etc.

  6. On one hand, I am very, very pleased that there’s now a line of African American dolls and look forward to HOPEFULLY having a mix in the future to recognize that there are many more races in this world than just black and white. However, to answer the question about whether this doll promotes racial stereotypes, I will have to say yes. DEFINITELY yes. The first time I saw the commercial I was sick to my stomache at what I saw! “So In Style Barbie” is a disgusting title! Yes, barbies are known for their slutty attire and unrealistic body. That’s bad enough! NOW let’s teach children that they have to be “In Style” to be cool. What on earth?! I’d prefer that the issue of popularity be downgraded on all levels so that it’s put in a negative light, NOT in a positive one. And worse yet, children of doll playing age shouldn’t even be aware of what’s in or out of style! This makes me think of the 11 mo old toddler I saw this past weekend at ChuckECheese’s with my children. He was trying to take a few steps but tripped over his baggy, wide leg ‘shorts’ that were drooping down past his expensive, brand new tennis shoes that apparently are ‘too cool’ to tie the strings up. The stereotype is ridiculous and the dolls are glorifying it. Enough said.

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