Last week we noticed that Mattel had recently released a new line of Barbies called "Barbies of the World". This line includes dolls from Japan, Spain, France, Scotland and even the Amazon. All over Facebook I kept seeing friends voicing their opinions on the new Mexico Barbie. She is described as...
¡Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Inspired by traditional mariachis and marimbas, Mexico Barbie® doll is ready for any fiesta! Doll wears a bright pink ruffled dress with colorful lace and ribbon accents. Includes “passport,” country stickers, Chihuahua friend and brush.
And she looks like this....
Cristina Rodriguez had a very strong opinion on the matter. On Facebook she stated
"Mattel's Mexican Barbie!!! Grrrrrrr I don't like it!!!! So many reasons why!!!! #lame"
We asked her to tell us a little bit about why this Mexico Barbie was so upsetting to her......
I’ve always loved Barbies. I loved dressing them up and creating an imaginary life for them. Now that I’m older I’m not quite sure I relate to Barbies. With the emergence of the new “Mexican Barbie” I became quite disappointed. Actually more than disappointed I was irate. I saw her on the 10 p.m. news. My eyes honed in on the small dog in her arms. She held a Chihuahua and was dressed in a Jalisco dress. Those things really didn’t make me as angry as the fact that she comes with a passport. The things that raced through my mind are what are the ideas children will believe based on this “Mexican Barbie”? I thought do all Mexican girls look like this? Do they all have Chihuahuas? Do they carry a passport? No, No they don’t. “Regular Barbie” doesn't come with a passport! Not all women look like Barbie period. Just like not all women are the proportion or “perfection” of Barbie, not all Mexicans are “Mexican Barbies”. Some of us wear jeans. Some Mexican women don’t like dogs. Some love dogs. Yes, Mexicans are documented and undocumented. Is that the point that is trying to be made here? Mexicans should come with legal status. The underlying “hidden” message if you will is legal status. I felt disappointed and upset. I tried to be objective and say that this is just one depiction of a “Mexican woman”. I tried to say it was just a doll, that maybe the passport is for her exciting adventurous life. Maybe “Mexican Barbie” studies abroad from time to time that’s why she needs a passport. Really? Who are we kidding? So many thoughts and concerns cross my mind while looking at what people see as just a doll. Barbie is more than a doll she is someone little girls admire and long to be. I have a goddaughter who is 5 and is already struggling with identity issues mainly her body image based on what she sees and hears. That just demonstrates how social constructions, media and environment can impact and shape the thoughts of a child. The truth is in order to do complete justice to any human these dolls need to come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, occupations, etc. My biggest concern lies in the smallest accessory that comes with this doll. This small accessory conveys the biggest message.
Cristina, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.
This new Mexico Barbie has really caused some discussion.
What do you think? Is this just a doll, or is it sending a deeper message?
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