Barbie just got a makeover. In Time Magazine, Mattel announced that the doll - once frozen in time like a carbonite Marilyn Monroe only skinnier - will now come in different sizes and skin tones. Some are saying the change comes too late but I for one am happy. I tried my best to raise a Barbie-averse daughter and failed miserably.
I was backstage behind a curtain at the Alon Shvut Community Center in Gush Etzion, when my phone pinged. “Mother of 6 Stabbed in Front of Her Children,” I read in the dark on my tiny phone screen. My heart sank. I quickly scanned the brief article. I knew there’d be more. This was a big one.
The announcement this week that Mattel is launching a new line of Barbie dolls with “realistic” bodies was greeted with cheers in the feminist community. It was a welcome response to a decades-long struggle against the ubiquitous commercial messages that an ideal woman should have a ridiculous body size and shape – unattainably thin limbs, a waist narrower than her neck, and leg-torso proportions that would make it impossible to stand up straight in real life. The fact that Mattel finally listened felt like a victory for the body-acceptance movement. Score one for Real Women.
(JTA) — Following eight years of struggle, an Israeli mother named Adina Porat finally received a Jewish writ of divorce, or get, earlier this month, bringing back into the headlines the plight of “agunot” — so-called chained women trapped in marriages and unable to move on because their husbands refuse to grant a divorce.