I had fully intended to write a post about diversity and neuroscience this week. In my last blog post, I had introduced the topic and was excited to get a few posts out about it. But then Barbie came out with several new dolls and let's face it, they are everywhere! And people have very strong opinions.
I have read some articles that think the new dolls are a triumph. Thank goodness Barbie is now recognizing that women have curves, different color skin, and curly (not those gentle blonde waves cascading down Barbie's back, but something with actual texture) hair. Others are a bit more skeptical, saying that giving girls "curvy Barbie" will only make these girls feel bad about themselves. Still others are saying that no matter what Barbie does, they are not comfortable with the message that it portrays to young girls. So what is a parent to do when their child is asking...begging...for one of the new Barbies?
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