Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

Sarah Gray | April 10, 2013 - 6:20 pm
  • If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite — who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie — that they would not do so because it’s not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I’m not surprised, but still, it’s disappointing. [Uptown Magazine]
  • The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted to include gay teens in its “Romeo and Juliet” law which protects young heterosexual couples over the age of 14 from being charged with sex crimes.  Though the law faces a larger hurdle to pass in the main body of the Texas State Senate, the removal of “opposite sex” in the law’s language marks a big step. [Huffington Post]
  • Alaska’s state senate passed a bill narrowing who qualifies to have Medicaid cover an abortion.  Currently, the law covers all “medically necessary” procedures, but if this bill becomes law it would limit Medicaid coverage to those who have suffered rape or incest, or those who are at “serious risk” from continuing a pregnancy, according to []
  •’s The Cut wrote about young women at Yale identifying themselves as SWUGs: Senior Washed Up Girls.  These women seem to not be able to see beyond their four years of college and have a complete missreading of female empowerment.  Newsflash ladies, it does not come from your sex appeal at a frat party.  As a former 22 -year-old sorority gal, I’m confident they’ll see the bigger picture by the time they’re 25. []
  • Infamous “dick pic” tweeting pol Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin emerge from their post-scandal cocoon in this week’s New York Times Magazine.  Certainly makes for an interesting read.  Will the public forgive him the way we did Bill? [New York Times Magazine]
  • A decision by the Student Government Association of John’s Hopkins University was reversed, allowing the anti-abortion Voice for Life to form a group on campus.  The group now plans on hosting “sidewalk counseling,” much to the dismay of those who worry that the group will be a source of harassment. [The Baltimore Sun]
  • Flavorwire has put together an awesome list of “gender defying” fashion choices by musicians.  I’m only bummed they didn’t include former Girls frontman Christopher Owens.  Besides that, spot on! [Flavorwire]
  • Five days before you have to file your taxes, The New York Times lets us know that Girl Scout cookies are tax deductible IF you don’t eat them.  Where’s the fun in that?  Hand me another Thin Mint, please! [New York Times]
  • Female fantasy/science fiction series The Morgaine Stories has been optioned for film.  Not only is the lead character in the story a kick-ass female, but also the author, Carolyn Janice Cherry (C.J. Cherryh), is as well. [The Mary Sue]
  • Read this moving essay about violence against women written by none other than a Frisky reader’s mom!  Thanks for the tip! [Fort Frances Times]