There’s A Hijab-Wearing Barbie Now

Kimber

Mattel has a line of Barbies out portraying important women… which is pretty cool. Girls SHOULD be able to look up to strong female role models.

Among these role models are Olympic athletes… again, cool! I would have LOVED a Barbie of my favorite Olympic gymnasts as a kid. I think it’s great… but here’s where it gets sticky.

They’re making a doll of Ibtihaj Muhammad… who wears a hijab.

The doll is modeled after American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete and win a medal in the Olympics while wearing a hijab. She participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The doll was unveiled at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit in New York City. “Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman,” Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement.

She’s the modern American woman, y’all.

Neat.

So… on one hand they’re making dolls of an Olympic athlete. On the other, this is an obvious move to continue to glamorize and normalize Islam to American children…

I have a hard time with a “shero” who wears a head covering meant not to “tempt men” with HAIR. There’s nothing “feminist” or “empowering” about Islam. Muslim countries treat women like property, and nothing more.

Who “chooses” to wear a hijab. Careful language there.

Mixed responses on Twitter, to be sure.

Women’s rights in the Middle East have made leaps and bounds!!!!! Now only SOME women who “choose” not to wear a hijab get stoned to death!!

HAHAHAHAHA. This woman. Wth?

So, what are your thoughts on this?