According to Mattel, Barbie lets you be anything you want to be! And what do more and more young girls want to be nowadays? A blonde-haired, blue-eyed, double-jointed yoga teacher, apparently.
I reported earlier this year on the new Presidential Barbie Doll, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before the new empowered plastic toy shed her skirt-suit for spandex. Part of me thinks oh, what’s the harm? Kids are being exposed to yoga at an early age, encouraged to stay active, and taught about mind-body awareness practices before they even hit kindergarten. All good things! But something about seeing that sickly-proportioned doll’s foot behind her head just makes me cringe. As if the stereotypes of yoga weren’t bad enough already, now kids are implicitly being taught that yoga teachers look like a big-headed Pam Anderson. Not really the message about yoga we need going out to the up and coming generation.
But perhaps I’m being too harsh. I mean, what could we expect? Mattel to come out with a lusciously curvy yoga teacher doll of African descent? Or how about a yoga teacher Ken? Probably not. Maybe next century.
What do you think? Would you buy the new yoga teacher barbie for your son or daughter?