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Links 1 through 10 of 17 by Latoya Peterson tagged toys

"New rules proposed by the Colorado Department of Human Services include a requirement that all day-care centers in the state make available dolls representing three different races."

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"I tend to side with Isis here: the idea that technical limitations prevent making a more accurate representation of a dark-skinned doll is…sketchy, to say the least, and makes me think PBS needs to partner with a better toy design firm. And the choices about what the Princess Presto doll should look like in doll form put PBS in the position of appearing to think that a mixed-race character needs to be whitened to sell. PBS’s dolls exist in a marketplace where we’ve seen controversies about African American dolls being literally valued less than White dolls, and whatever their supposed reasons, it’s hard to get around the fact that all of the choices made in the name of aesthetics added up to a doll that looks awfully White."

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"The project, which is in its 13th year, has collected more than 300 dolls, including Barbies, Kenya dolls and professional dolls. The Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott has some caveats, though, about the types of dolls they accept.

"Tattoos, piercings, a ton of makeup drawn on and skimpy clothes are some of the automatic disqualifiers for the dolls. They are supposed to model average black girls and women, Cornett-Scott said. Another big requirement, and a harder one to meet, is finding dolls that have authentic black features."

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"But critics say Walmart should have been more sensitive in its pricing choice.

"'The implication of the lowering of the price is that's devaluing the black doll,' said Thelma Dye, the executive director of the Northside Center for Child Development, a Harlem, N.Y. organization founded by pioneering psychologists and segregation researchers Kenneth B. Clark and Marnie Phipps Clark.

"'While it's clear that's not what was intended, sometimes these things have collateral damage,' Dye said."

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A recent decision to auction a "Burqa Barbie" for a Save the Children fundraiser ("to educate children in conflict areas around the world") has been making the rounds online this past week. Of the 500 different Barbies designed by Eliana Lorena, it was only natural for the culturally inappropriate (Islamic!) "Burqa Barbie" to be singled out as a cause for uproar.

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"On Sunday my oldest daughter came home with something I never thought would make a comeback; a present no self-respecting person would give, and that no responsible retailer should stock: A golliwog."

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"Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, apologized on Friday for damaging China's reputation after recent massive recalls of its Chinese-made toys, admitting it targeted some goods that were actually up to scratch."

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"If I were an economist, I'd study Barbie as a barometer of macroeconomic ups and downs. To see a developing nation disappear from Barbie's rump is a reliable indicator that it is no longer "behind." Take Japan, for example."

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"With just a few clicks of a mouse, I found dolls in wheelchairs, dolls with walkers and dolls with Down syndrome features. Why shouldn't those types of dolls be incorporated into this new diversity splash?"

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"Maybe I’m missing something here but a) I stopped playing with dolls when I was about 12, and b) I still haven’t figure out what a distinctly Hispanic facial feature and hair style is. Can anybody help?"

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