Forget Doctor Barbie, Introducing Burka Barbie

Irony: representation of oppression auctioned off for a charity called Save the Children.


Photo courtesy Caters

Toy-maker Mattel is backing the auction of the Burka Barbie to raise funds for a children’s charity, saying that the doll shows girls that they “can be whatever they want to be.” If a girl wants to wear a blanket over her head by way of an oppressive, patriarchal hierarchy whose fundamental belief contradicts such a marketing slogan, then so be it.