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News Anchor Barbie Has a Flair For Power Pink

"A flair for journalism — and power pink!" is how Mattel sells its new "News Anchor" Barbie. While the doll represents the reality that female newscasters often look like beauty queens, it would be refreshing to see a journalist Barbie sporting a pair of practical flats and cute slacks, along with a recorder and notepad.

When you think of the case of Ines Sainz, the Mexican sports reporter allegedly harassed in the Jets locker room, it seems women can't win. She had to defend her wardrobe, which was called too tight and too sexy. Keith Olbermann called her the worst person in the world, saying she undermined every female sports reporter by dressing unprofessionally.

If Ines Sainz's outfit undermines female reporters, maybe we should stop selling little girls News Anchor Barbies dressed in heels, formfitting clothes, and power pink.

janneth janneth 7 years
Maybe it is just coincidence, but whenever I happen to see Fox News, the women reporters have blond hair. I could do without the pastel pinks and the ruffle on this Barbie. There is no question but that these silly dolls have an impact on little girls' psyches. And the models they see in the magazines have photo shopped bodies. And the celebrities on tv have surgery and injections. It influences the boys too, what they expect in a woman.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
The fact of the matter is that most little girls are going to want to play with a "pretty" doll as opposed to one that looks like Rachel Maddow. It's unfortunate but true. Not all, but most of them, are taught that blonde hair and blue eyes are the prettiest features, so they're going to want a doll that looks like that. At five years old, if you gave my sister or me a Barbie doll with short hair and "masculine" clothes, we would have tossed it aside. There is a huge difference between News Reporter Barbie and Ines Sainz. This doll isn't dressed provocatively. Her shoulders are covered, she's got long sleeves, and the skirt reaches her knees. Ines Sainz was dressed, and was known for dressing provocatively when she went to games. Seirously, this is a woman who was wearing halter tops and hip huggers to report from the sidelines. Real professional. I have no sympathy for Sainz anyway. I don't care if what I'm about to say sounds like "She was asking for it", but honestly, she should have been dressed a little more professionally for work, especially if her work entails interviewing large groups of men in their 20s and 30s. If you're wearing a dress that short and low cut, you have no reason to wonder why a locker room full of men made you feel uncomfortable. It's called "You're pretty and they have eyes and penises."
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
as a journalism major i can pretty much guarantee you won't be chasing down anyone for an interview in that. You also wouldn't dress like that if you wanted anyone to take you seriously, and it's a field where reputation is a big part of your career.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Slow news day, Tres? Seriously, it is a DOLL. Maybe I am too old for this board, but I had Barbies as a kid, and never once did I look at her big tits and impossibly small waist and think of her as a role model. I never thought I would grow up looking like her either. I think that doll looks fab in pink...if you want to express outrage over a doll's clothes, fine. Personally, I'll stick to being disgusted at Katy Perry showing her tits on Sesame Street.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Agree with Mandymoos. Also, they do have Barbies with more realistic outfits. Zoo director Barbie has a khaki outfit and boots, there's a Barbie doctor wearing jeans & flats, not to mention that Barbie's whole body has been changed to make her more realistic to a real woman's body. I think people will always criticize, but in reality how Barbie looks isn't going to mold a young girl's mind and self perception a percentage as much as her interactions with real women will.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I agree with runningesq. I love the idea of Barbie having cool careers, but I'm with Tres -- I'd love to see Journalist Barbie with a notebook and some more realistic outfits. How about a photojournalist Barbie with cool cargo pants and a vest to hold her equipment? Could still look super cute, but allow Barbie to report from war zones. (Yes, I know I just pitched War Zone Barbie. So realistic.) Seriously, though, how awesome would it be to see a Rachel Maddow-ish doll? It'll never happen, but I can dream.
simplystella simplystella 7 years
@ runningesq - I can't help but disagree. As a young girl, I learned everything about gender identity from my parents, at times even from school, not from toys. I grew up playing with Barbie dolls and, believe me, I don't currently believe that women should be picture-perfect shopping robots! :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
Maybe if parents spent time teaching thier daughters about independent thought we wouldn't have to worry about them taking their cues from mass produced toys. I'm just sayin'. I owned Barbies... and I frequently cut their hair off to match mine and dressed them up in GI Joe outfits as often as I let them be little beauty queens.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It may be "just a toy" but this is how children - especially girls - learn about gender identity and gender roles.
simplystella simplystella 7 years
Really? It's just a toy, c'mon.
stephley stephley 7 years
Fox News Barbie is more like it.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Fantasy is a part of childhood. Trees don't talk and cars can't fly, but it's fun to pretend.
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