"Boys aren't supposed to cry."
That's what Laurel Wider's 4-year-old son said one day, relaying the message he learned from his preschool teacher.
And Wider, a Jewish psychotherapist, was…floored. Despite her best efforts — feelings were an important topic at home — she realized that the current societal climate simply did not support expressive male emotions. "These rigid ideas of what it means to be a boy or a man are not only confining, but they create anxiety, depression, and a whole lot… >> Read More
There's a new first for Barbie — Barbie with a hijab. The Mattel doll was inspired by U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first American athlete to wear a hijab while competing at…the Olympic Games last year (where she also won a bronze medal, NBD). We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll! Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries. #Shero #YouCanBeAnything #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/oV0e6ClgL6 — Barbie (@Barbie) November 13, 2017 Muslim women and girls are underrepresented in toys and… >> Read More
Barbie dolls — long-legged, uber-thin and unrealistic specimens that they are — have long galvanized strong opinions, and until relatively recently, frustration over a dearth of diverse options…so far as race and body type are concerned. Now the Brazilian artist Rafinha Silva is making amazingly realistic and custom-styled Barbie dolls. He's the talent behind the Instagram page We Love the Royal Dolls. We're big fans, especially of the diversity of hair types and textures his dolls feature. Silva told Cosmopolitan that he loves crafting… >> Read More
Remember Ken? You know, Barbie's beau? Well, now there are 15 new Ken dolls, as revealed by Good Morning America. These dolls come in three different body types, seven different skin tones, and…nine different hairstyles--similar to the revamp Barbie saw last year. Lisa McKnight, Barbie senior vice president and general manager, stated: "By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation. Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize… >> Read More
The long-awaited "Woman Woman" film is only days from release, so it's a good time to remind everyone that there's a "Wonder Woman" LEGO set that came out right in time. The film is one of the few…superhero movies that focuses on a woman saving the day (as many do IRL), so why not have a toy that celebrates womanhood and its awesomeness? Besides the LEGO set that includes a giant version of Ares, the God of War, who plays a major role in the film’s backstory, there's also a LEGO set for… >> Read More