Burqa Barbie

By: Barbara

Please join me in contacting Mattel who is marketing a ‘Burqa Barbie Doll’ for the children’s charity “Save the Children”. Some questions I have for Mattel regarding Burqa Barbie:

Genitally Mutilated Burqa Barbie! What a great idea. This is really important for girls, wherever they are from they should have the opportunity to play with a Barbie that they feel represents them." Perhaps we will even have an Islamic Martyr "Death to Infidels" Barbie with an exquisite suicide bomb belt laced with cute little bolts and ball bearings!

  • Does she come with stones?
  • Does her head come off?
  • Does she come with a tiny vial of acid?
  • Does she need to be accompanied by a man in order to leave the store?
  • Who gets flogged if she takes her Burqa off in public? Doll? Or child?
  • Since Burqa Barbie lives in an isolation chamber and never gets vitamin D from the sun, can I return her when she gets ill?
  • Does Burqa Barbie come in a cage rather than a box?
  • Who arranges Burqa Barbie’s marriage?
  • If Burqa Barbie is honored killed do I get a refund?
  • And when does Jihadist Ken come on the market?
  • How do I keep Burqa Barbie separated from Doctor Barbie, Pilot Barbie and Astronaut Barbie? I certainly don’t want Burqa Barbie to get any ideas, because next thing she will be asking for and education or her own Barbie car, and we all know women cannot operate a car because they are too stupid besides they can’t see where they are driving.

Please copy these questions to ‘Save the Children’ and ask what were they thinking in using this slave doll as a means to generate money for children?

 Mattel Children’s Foundation

333 Continental Blvd. Mail Stop: M1-1418El 
Segundo, CA 90245
310-252-3630
 foundation@mattel.com  

Mattel, Inc.
333 Continental Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245-5012
310-252-2000

Save the Children US Headquarters:
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
203) 221-4030 (8:00AM – 5:00PM EDT)
(800) 728-3843 (8:00AM – 5:00PM EDT)
twebster@savechildren.org

2000 L Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
202-640-6600 (8:00AM – 5:00PM EDT)

28 Responses

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  2. BJ im just wonder has N.O.W. put out a statement condemning Burqa Barbie! & do the know about it

    • boogie, I didn’t see any statement by N.O.W. on their website, nor have I received an action alert about this issue.

  3. BJ,
    Emails sent. Thank you. I am boycotting all Mattel products.
    Where is NOW on this issue? I know some people were working on a protest in front of the American Girl store in NYC. There should be women protesting all American Girl stores. This is where women can use our buying power. Wake up people.

  4. What message are we sending? I understand the need for girls to play with dolls that look like them. So continue to make her skin in the colors we come in, but damn it make her FREE.
    Free to dream to aspire to be a productive member of society.
    This Barbie doll unlike the Barbies who inspire girls to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots etc subjects her to a life of a slave. Uneducated Barbie, sub missive Barbie.
    We are sending her a message that it is acceptable for women to live under the laws of Islam with no human dignity.
    We are sending a message that we will turn our backs to a Religion, culture, government that suppresses half its population.

    Please post this and email it to everyone you know
    Thamks

  5. Thanks Prplvette

    I am forgetting the most important part to boycott mattel and to let them know why in your email.

    • You are welcome. I am so angry at this. I have been sending emails, posting where ever I can. I know people are busy with their holiday plans, but this is the perfect time to let these stores know we will not put up with this.
      We as women have the power, now is the time to assert it. Hit them in the pocket book.

  6. I will not buy my grandchildren matel toys as you are now catering to the people who come to this coountry and cannot adapt to American ways. They want what we cvan givee them but do not want to be American. They can wear that garb over there they should dstay over there

  7. Back our service men all the way. Either send more troops or bring home those that are now over there.as they are in a lot of danger as there are so few of them

  8. [...] in a burkha created by the woman above and are wrongly accusing Mattel of marketing the doll. Resident racist bigot FlBarbara has started this prowl based on lies and misinformation, but what else is new? Is it any wonder this woman had her car [...]

  9. [...] racists then this is it. Darra$h Murphy proves that the PUMA movement is a collection of purely stupid idiotic knee jerk racists. This includes the Palin Agenda ran by bigot Amy [...]

    • Went to your page. You have a point.

      Let me announce, although not one of your hated PUMAs, I am an equal opportunity bigot in that I detest and dispise manner of all sexism, racism, ignorance and blind hatred that is so evident on your site.

      If that makes me bigoted, then I wear it as a the badge of honor while people like me politically squash people like you and your Burka Barbie apologetics.

      Sick puppy, you.

    • You can’t possibly give any good reason for why this doll is a good idea. When I first heard about the doll, I thought it was an SNL spoof.

      What a shame how my fellow Liberals have become.

  10. The genital mutilation part is sarcasm, the rest is true, outrageous and Mattel deserves a boycott.

    Sometimes I think that I must be walking bent over backwards peering thru my legs. It is the only way I can explain seeing my world upside down, inside out and inversed.

    IN-friggin-credible,

  11. — “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi

  12. So the stalkers and parasites are defending the Burqua Barbie.which was indeed produced by Mattel for a charity fund raiser for Save the Children,.

    So you’ll bash me, but not the religion, culture, governmnet that surpresses women?.You have no problem with female genitle mutalation, honor killings, denial of education, throwing acid on women, stoning,beheading and treating women like pond scum?? all the questions I asked of Mattel.when they approved of the Burqua Barbie. But you have a problem with me asking those questions of Mattel?
    Do I have that right?
    The questions are valid. I stand by the questions?

    Instead of your Hatred site. How about a site where men speak out against the violence directed at women by men?

    I am done here.

  13. The faces behind the veil.
    Women tortured by acid
    Warning very graphic
    So maybe we should throw some acis on Buqua Barbie to make her really authenic looking.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/

  14. I sent the following e-mail…What the hell is Save the Children doing selling any Barbies? They used to sell fairly-traded unique merchandize imported from the countries where they were trying to help women and children break the cycle of poverty.

    I’ll let you know if I get an answer.

    To the Powers that Be:

    I have frequently visited your store while taking my children to visit their aunt in Westport. I enjoyed showing them all the gifts available from all over the world. I usually did a lot of my holiday shopping there as I knew I could find unique gifts and support children world-wide. I can not for the life of me figure out how you could be selling any Barbie Doll, much less one that represents the subjugation of women. Please explain your reasoning.

    Thank you

  15. Email from Mattel

    Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate the opportunity to respond.

    In this case, Italian artist and designer Eliana Lorena used Barbie as a model to showcase her interpretation of cultural dress from around the world. Barbie was literally her canvas and the outfits were the artist’s personal expression. This was one of the 500 different Barbie dolls representing 500 different cultures that were auctioned at a charity event. Barbie has no religious affiliation and we have no plans to make commercial editions of the dolls. These dolls are not available for sale.

    Sincerely,
    Mattel Consumer Relations
    service.mattel.com
    ____________________
    My reply

    Dear Mattel,

    Thank you for responding, but you have not answered any of my questions, least of all my concerns that Mattel has put its name on a Barbie dressed in Hajibs and Burquas.
    It seems you are just playing the Blame game, its the designers fault.

    “In this case, Italian artist and designer Eliana Lorena used Barbie as a model to showcase her interpretation of cultural dress from around the world. Barbie was literally her canvas and the outfits were the artist’s personal expression.”

    Mattel takes no responsibility that they approved the final design of the Burqua Barbie, that they produced the Burqua Barbie and added the Mattel stamp of approval to Burqua Barbie.

    Barbie is Mattel and Burqua Barbie is Mattel.

    My organization PUMA PAC strives to bring awareness to the suppression of women around the world. One of the most suppressive garments on the planet is the Burqua. To label the Burqua as “A Cultural Dress” and show case it as a costume or a fashion trend along side of a sari or a sarong ignores the fact that a woman in a burqua is a woman who is living in an isolation chamber. Unable to see, and walk properly, she is denied vitamin D from the sun. A woman in a burqua is denied the right to drive a car, she is not driving a pink Barbie sports car, she is denied the right to an education there are no Barbie lawyers, pilots and astronauts under the burqua and more importantly she is denied the right to the freedom of choice, a burqua is mandatory and if she choices to forgo the wearing of the isolation chamber she will be flogged or stoned.

    Another in correct fact in your email is that “Barbie has no religious affiliation” and that is how it should be. Mattel has by virtue of Barbie wearing a hijab and a burqua affiliated her with the Islamic religion. Burqua and Hijab Barbie are either Muslim or they are living under Islamic law.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqa

    I am happy to hear Mattel has “no plans to make commercial editions of the dolls. These dolls are not available for sale.”
    The purpose of writing to you in masse was to prevent any plans Mattel might have to make commercial the Burqua Barbie, since Iran is the third largest toy importers and Barbie in her bathing suit is banned in Iran, but Barbie in a burqua or a hijab could be a huge source of revenue for Mattel.

    The fact remains Burqua Barbie was produced by Mattel and was sold at auction to generate funds for Save the Children, a charity that Neil B. Friedman, the President of the Mattel Brands Division at Mattel, Inc. is on the board of directors.

    And finally, you could have produced an email that at least sounded sincere to the thousands of us who wrote you with concerns that Mattel was using Barbie not to inspire girls but to suppress girls.

    I thought you might like to see what is under the veil.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2009/11/23/under-the-islamic-veil-faces-disfigured-by-acid/

  16. BJ
    My comment is in moderation

  17. To Save the Children I include this. The fact remains Burqua Barbie was produced by Mattel and was sold at auction to generate funds for Save the Children, a charity that Neil B. Friedman, the President of the Mattel Brands Division at Mattel, Inc. is on the board of directors. That fact remains that a charity, save the Children, that works to protect and educate children did profit from the auction of Burqua Barbie..Off the backs of the girls I believed you worked to save you did profit..The end does not justify the means. You approved of and sold a doll that seeks not to inspire girls but rather sends the message to girls that to be uneducated and sub missive and abused is acceptable to a civilized society. You sent a message to. The boys who grow up to be the men who abuse women that is acceptable in a civil society. Seriously what were you thinking? You above all should be aware that the burqua is a symbol of human right violations of women.

  18. my reply from Save the Children

    Save the Children to me
    show details 3:20 PM (2 hours ago)

    Thank you for sharing with Save the Children your concerns over the recent auction of an exhibition piece featuring Barbie dolls.

    The doll clad in a burkha was one of 10 Barbie dolls clothed by an Italian designer/artist as her personal expression of costumes from around the world. The designer/artist’s set of 10 Barbies, each clad in different dress, was among the 500 Barbies representing different cultures that were auctioned at a charity event in Italy. The dolls are not available for sale in any store.

    As you may know, proceeds from that event will be used to help support Save the Children’s global Rewrite the Future campaign to bring education to children affected by conflicts. Over the past three years, with our global donors’ generosity, Save the Children has helped more than 10 million girls and boys in places of war and strife receive a better education, and has helped more than 1 million children gain access to school, which is equivalent to opening two schools every day.

    Save the Children does not take a position on the designer/artist’s personal expression, and as a non-religious, non-sectarian organization is dedicated to serving vulnerable children in need worldwide regardless of theirs or their families’ cultural or religious beliefs.

    I thank you again for contacting Save the Children.

    Sincerely,

    Charles F. MacCormack
    President and CEO

  19. My response. Any further suggestions

    Mr. McCormick:

    Thank you for your prompt response to my concerns about Barbies and Burkha Barbies in particular. I applaud your special efforts to help children caught in the cross-fire of conflicts all over the world. One of my daughters (now grown-up) has worked as a non-language PTSD therapist with children from Darfur. I have spent most of my adult life working with violence against women in this country.
    I am sure that you realize that unfortunately the sexual assualt of women and girls is part and parcal to such conflicts. I am also sure that you realize wolrd-wide the abuse of women and girls are often religious or cultural norms.

    With all due respect, I question the wisdom of using Barbie Dolls or Burkha Barbies in the capacity that you have chosen. Perhaps you could have considered having the women and children fleeing those conflicts produce artwork that would reflect their culture. I wonder if this decision wasn’t driven more by an American Toy Company’s marketing department than the good of the children. Does the fact that Neil Freedman is on your board have anything to do with this. This is one gift horse that should have been looked in the mouth.

    Thank You Again

  20. Reply to Save the Children

    One of the goals of PUMA Pac is to educate and bring awareness to the suppression of women by a religion, culture and government.

    So I begin,
    The Burqua is not a “costume” nor is it a “dress” The burqua is an isolation chamber, the women can not see, nor walk properly. The burqua is a symbol of uneducated, sub missive and abused women. To showcase Barbie “clad” in a burqua along side of a sarong or a sari and call it “A Cultural Dress” is a dis service to the millions of women who are forced to wear the burqua or face a flogging or a stoning.

    By showcasing this horrific clothing you send a message to the girls you strive to save that being uneducated, sub missive and abused is acceptable, more importantly you send a message to the boys who will grow up to be the men who abuse women that it is acceptable in a civil society to abuse girls and women.

    “Save the Children does not take a position on the designer/artist’s personal expression, and as a non-religious, non-sectarian organization is dedicated to serving vulnerable children in need worldwide regardless of theirs or their families’ cultural or religious beliefs.”

    The problem is you did not take a stand on the artist personal expression.
    At the very least your stand should have been Save the Children will not associate itself with a doll that undermines its mission.
    The end does not justify the means.
    And as a “non-religious, non-sectarian organization” why would you consider Barbie in a burgua to be either non-religious or non sectarian?
    No other religion but Islam commands a woman to cover herself from head to toe. The burqua is also a symbol of Islamic fundamentalist Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    I am proud of my long standing support of Save the Children but I am no longer proud to be associated with an organization that puts a financial gain above the needs of the children whose mission it is to save regardless of cultural or religious beliefs.
    However when the children who need saving depend upon you to speak against that culture or religious belief in order to be saved I expect you to do just that. Speak UP against it.

    A huge blunder was made by Mattel whose President sits on the board of Save the Children and to blame artistic expression is not accepting responsibility for the choice to put both the Mattel and Save the Children stamp of approval on it.

    Apologize to the women you have offended and then speak against the human rights violations the burqua represents and in the future be more aware of the choices you make on behalf of the children you represent.

    I thought you may like to see what is under the veil.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2009/11/23/under-the-islamic-veil-faces-disfigured-by-acid/

    This is what children need
    to be saved from and the sooner organizations such as yours become aware of it the sooner we can begin to Save the Children.

  21. NOW NY State opposes the burqa. Burqa Barbie, I don’t know.

  22. Ms behaved

    What a great letter to save the children.It is my belief that educating and bringing awareness to sexism and misogyny may bring about the Change.
    Thanks for all you do.

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