The Daily Mail, published an article this weekend entitled “It’s Barbie in a burkha: World-famous doll gets a makeover to go under the hammer for 50th anniversary”
The article continues: “Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover for a charity auction in connection with Sotheby’s for Save The Children. […] ‘I think this is really important for girls, wherever they are from they should have the opportunity to play with a Barbie that they feel represents them.”
The article writes that girls should have Barbies that represent them, and the article compares the Burqa Barbie to one in a wheelchair!
Someone is going to have to help me understand this one. Selling Barbies that are dressed in an outfit that hides women and treats them like second class citizens AND in order to raise money for uneducated children no less… The money will go towards Save The Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign which helps millions of children around the world affected by conflict.
Has Mattel considered that many of the uneducated children are probably from places where women are FORCED to wear burqas?
This is entirely unacceptable. How do we fight this and make a difference? We need to encourage Save the Children to refuse this disgusting money. We must tell Matel that after 50 years our Barbie-purchasing days are over.
"Narrated 'Aisha: I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah's Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for 'Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.)" -- Bukhari 8.73.151 .....