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
i should buy these rn for my future daughter. Why the Brazilian one have to be a light-skinned ginger tho?
Skull sculpture made from books by Artist Maskull Lasserre.
WHY WOULD YOU RUIN PERFECTLY GOOD BOOKS
Yes, how dare someone ruin literary classics like, “Internet Explorer 4 in Action” and ‘Database Developer’s Guide”
reblogging for the above comment (not that the original post isn’t cool) because it’s honestly soooo annoying when people act like it’s not okay to recycle books that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.
i was in a class one time that was making art from books and some girl was like “I CAN NOT DO THIS! DESTROYING BOOKS IS CENSORSHIP! THIS IS JUST LIKE FARENHEIT 451!!!” even though the books were donated to us from shit the library was going to throw away… not to censor them but because no one fucking wanted them and/or they had too many copies.
it’s fucked up to destroy a book in order to censor it, but if it’s a book no one wants, with zillions of backup copies and ebook editions, then it’s okay to use the paper of that book to make art.
For real Im doing that same thing for art club, and when telling people, that’s the response I’ve received so many times. Like, calm down, it’s an outdated dictionary from the 1970s, not a literary masterpiece.
This scene is seriously the cutest thing ever.
#Remember when there was a non-human person who hadnt talked to anyone of her species in decades #And her only companion was the man she loved and who ignored her or bossed her around and was rude to her #And Martha met her and the Doctor and Jack were busy doing ‘important shit’ #But Martha was the one who took the time to chat with her #To learn more about her language and culture #Who befriended her #Encouraged her to open up and joked with her and made her laugh #And then because of that discovered what they needed to know BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE#remember that #Remember that time Martha Jones was better than you #God bless Martha Jones
And there you have it. The main cast of Cookies and Crime. A few changes and a few new characters. And it should be noted that Redusa’s (previously Ori) name was Quillystuff’s idea. And Lemony is a character loosely based on Crypticsparrow’s OC.
AU where the baby boomers fucking take responsibility for ruining the economy and young people’s lives rather than blaming it all on selfies
i had a dream that i was walking around in a shirt with stalks of corn all over it and somebody was like “wtf are u wearing?” and i said “it’s a crop top” i laughed so hard that i woke up
srsly tho look at that haircut damn i rock
jsyk the “i rock” is bc i trimmed my hair myself and did a kickass job
cat people: dogs are cool too
dog people: cats don’t feel love did you know a cat once MURDERED my MOTHER
no. please. don’t watch this.
So some kids in my science class started this instagram of our teacher’s face photoshopped hastily on to athletes. So i decided to make one but with my okay photoshop skills and models. It’s balcomfashion if youre wondering