Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations. If you've been on the blog, you know how this Tumblr works, too. Including the moderation policy.
Recent Tweets @racialicious

Suddenly I found myself thinking back to the toys I had in my childhood. My primary toys were my Barbies. I had about sixty of them, mainly because I inherited all of my older sister’s Barbies once she outgrew them. Truth be told, Barbie and I got off to a rocky start. When I was two years old and my sister was at school during the day, I had the habit of taking her Barbies, completely denuding them and hanging them by their hair in the bushes outside our front door. After coming home to this disturbing scene, my sister began hiding her Barbies out of my reach.

A couple of years later, though, I developed a finer appreciate for Barbies, and with me they lived an extremely privileged life: I had the Barbie townhouse (three stories, with an elevator), the Barbie van, Barbie horses, a Barbie convertible, you name it. All of them were the standard Barbie: blonde, blue-eyed…oh, you know…

I never questioned Barbie’s attributes, of course, because I’d never known anything but white dolls during my entire young life. The only non-white toy I had was my Care Bear (I had Lucky, who was green).

Things changed, though, when I finally got a Mexican Barbie. Yes! A dark-haired, brown-eyed, tan-skinned Barbie…who, now that I look back on it, still had that impossible Barbie physique that didn’t look like that of any woman in my family, but still–she was brown! Like me! I was totally thrilled! Of course, back then, I couldn’t really have articulated why my Mexican Barbie was so important to me. I just knew that she was special.

  1. fritokal reblogged this from skyliting
  2. bitterseafigtree reblogged this from skyliting
  3. skyliting reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  4. ottercopter reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  5. iknowdispussybeyankin reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  6. witchintheredcloak reblogged this from thewitchofdimensions
  7. queerfabulousmermaid reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  8. burritosong reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  9. thewitchofdimensions reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  10. posttragicmulatto reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  11. ophyliakilledhamlet reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  12. stopwhitewashing reblogged this from racialicious
  13. galbee reblogged this from racialicious
  14. yuri-puppies reblogged this from racialicious
  15. admiralmackbar reblogged this from racialicious
  16. illusionsandperception reblogged this from shegaveherhearttotheocean
  17. shegaveherhearttotheocean reblogged this from maryhasmoved
  18. maryhasmoved reblogged this from racialicious
  19. samanticshift reblogged this from omgwedoexist
  20. omgwedoexist reblogged this from racialicious
  21. how-it-feels-to-be-colored-me reblogged this from racialicious
  22. vampisol reblogged this from racialicious
  23. okorogariist reblogged this from racialicious
  24. sheikhwhatchamamagaveya reblogged this from racialicious