CNN They just wanted to give their niece a toy that matched their reality, but their makeshift doll set may be on its way to bringing more diversity to toy aisles everywhere. Hi mattel! Happy Holidays. We had a difficult time finding a same sex wedding set to give to my niece for her 8th birthday. She and her little sister are flower girls in our upcoming May wedding.
A couple inspires toymaker Mattel to consider creating a same-sex Barbie wedding set
Mattel is a year-old company slowly taking on Gen-Z values. The maker of Barbie and Hot Wheels has announced the release of Creatable World, its first series of gender-neutral dolls. The dolls are a blank slate. No broad shoulders, no full hips, no long lashes. Children of any gender identification are encouraged to play with them.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, writer-directors who have individually produced ponderous films about inner turmoil, aimlessness, and ennui like The Squid and the Whale , Greenberg , and Frances Ha , have reportedly been tapped to write a Barbie feature film. This could just be another doomed-to-development-hell project that seems too gloriously subversive to possibly be true, like a Ridley Scott-directed Monopoly movie. But maybe we as a society are actually ready for a film that acknowledges the pure weirdness at the heart of the plastic fantastic world of Barbie, the toy that has handled all of the baggage of American single womanhood. But the making of Barbie involved a truly weird mixture of lurid adult fantasy, earnest child psychology, military-grade engineering, and international outsourcing.