Skip to comments.Mattel's Barbie dons a burka for Sotheby's Save the Children auction
Posted on 11/24/2009 5:55:52 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
The best-selling doll has worn all sorts of outfits from bathing suits to business suits.
Now Barbie is wearing a burkha.
The iconic plaything sports traditional Islamic dress for a Sothebys auction benefiting Save the Children.
Burkha Barbie is among more than 500 of the dolls exhibited by Italian designer Eliana Lorena at the Salone dei Cinquecento, in Florence, Italy, according to the Daily Mail.
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Actually not. The burka was invented by the Saudis in the 1970s to replace the traditional headscarves that showed the face.
there aren’t words to describe the visceral repulsion that “garment” inspires in me.
Barbie is wearing a burkha so she can go shopping at Best Buy.
Mattel is making a statement that little girls are of no value.
Any clothing that comes with Barbie is only temporary when my daughter is involved. She makes new clothes using tape and fabric scraps or paper towels. At the end of the day though, most Barbies go to the toy box naked.
My concern is for the poor little girls who may inadvertently leave Barbie in a state of undress where male family members might see too much plastic. Perhaps Mattel should firmly glue the burka in place to reduce the potential for Barbie related honor killings.