As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.
The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.
The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.
As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.
My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.
I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.
These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.
Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.
The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.
You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls
conversation at work
- i work at a halloween haunted house park
- Guy who works in a haunted house: The best part about working in the haunted house is when girls go under the black-light.
- Me: Yeah? Why's that?
- Guy: If they're wearing a white bra, you can see it glow! Haha like why would you wear a white bra to this place?
- Me: uh
- Me: i dont get it
- Guy: you can see their bras. Its funny.
- Me: did you not know girls wear bras? Did you not know girl's have breasts?
- Some girl walking past: What? We have... Hold on *looks down shirt* WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT
- some other boy: HOLY SHIT what the FUCK is under your SHIRT?
- girl: I DONT KNOw? BREASTS APPARENTLY??
- other boy: *SCREAMING*
- girl: *SCREAMING*
- me: *SCREAMING*
- first boy: uh fine whatever fine i get it jesus christ
#*dies of emotion* #but what if molly was his companion once #and now he stops by for breakfast #and keeps commenting because it seems like every time #there’s another ginger kid #adn when he sees harry it’s like ha! #i knew they couldn’t all be ginger! #and molly doesn’t bother telling the doctor that harry isn’t hers #because he is after all one of her boys #and she loves him just as though he was a weasley (via dwcompanion)
those tags broke me a little inside#Molly Weasley turned Daleks into actual pepperpots, because, honestly, she doesn’t have time for their nonsense.
OKAY BUT WHY THE FUCK DOES MOVIE GINNY HAVE TO FUCKING ASK HER BROTHERS WHO KRUM IS AT THE WORLD CUP
THE GIRL IS A QUIDDITCH ACE WHO GOES ON TO PLAY FOR THE HOLYHEAD HARPIES AND BECOME A QUIDDITCH REPORTER
BESIDES WHICH SHE LIVES WITH RON WHO HAS A MASSIVE MAN CRUSH ON KRUM
THERE IS NOT A CHANCE IN HELL GINNY WEASLEY DOESN’T KNOW WHO KRUM IS
but yeah sure let’s have the girls ask dumb questions that were Harry’s lines in the book whatever
whoa I never noticed that before
SG-1 + Star Wars
Remus treating Sirius as a dog is one of my favourite things.
Remus being sharp is one of my favourite things.
Remus not being dead is also one of my favourite things.
Did you just
This is why i think Avatar should be R rated
If you wanted to take it a step further, you could argue that water benders could take out all the fluid from someones body, turning them into a mummified husk
and a highly skilled metal bender could control the iron in another person’s blood, kinda like what Magneto does in X-Men a lot
What a great time to be anaemic.
waterbenders surfing through the battlefield on a wave of blood.
"on a wave of blood"
but yes, let us continue with this gore fest!
Is there possibly a way that firebenders or airbenders could raise the body temperature of an individual to the point where your burning/melting from the inside out?
or what about earthbenders being able to break bones since bones are made up of various metals
of course along with non-metals but that’s beside the point?
god bless this fandom. we’re all growing up and turning into psychos
but earthbender’s entombing people in rock sarcophaguses or torture of being slowly crushed by rocks
IT’S ABOUT BUYING HOMES IN NUDIST COLONIES AND IT IS WORTH WATCHING JUST FOR THE CAMERA ANGLES
how long did it take you to line that shot up
ANYWAYS IT’S A LAUGH AND A HALF 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND IF YOU ARE FEELING DOWN
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