When Barbie Became Muslim

Fulla.

Growing up in Mexico City in the 90’s meant for me that I grew up in a completely different context from my parents. Since my parent’s generation did not have the luxury of foreign products, due to the economic restrictions on international goods, my parents grew up with yellow pencils made in Mexico and traditional ceramic and fabric dolls with braids and ribbons. Later, the economic shift towards neoliberal models and NAFTA brought along McDonald’s, Walmart and, of course, Barbie!By the … [Read more...]

Ted Talks About Women’s Bodies at Cultural Battlegrounds

TED Talks are short lectures of no longer than 18 minutes, delivered on a variety of subjects by numerous speakers.Sherin El Feki introduces her lecture as being about pop culture in the Arab world. She then states she's brought along an old friend and holds up a naked Barbie doll. Then she holds up a Fulla doll and introduces it as the Arab world's answer to Barbie. The Fulla doll is dressed in a black abaya and hijab, presumably for maximum contrast. … [Read more...]

It’s Barbie’s World

This post was written by Farah Banihali and originally appeared at AltMuslimah and Nuseiba.Last month Melbourne was host to “Forever Barbie” – an exhibition which “celebrates 50 years of a pop culture icon.” I’ve had my fair share of Barbie dolls when I was younger, but an exhibition? Since when did Barbie become an appropriate "cultural" artifact to celebrate?The critiques against Barbie are well known: she is a commodity that has come to define femininity and symbolize and perpetuate Weste … [Read more...]


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