and all of its links sent me on a huge links chain, and I'm disturbed that I never really thought about it that much. Except it's highly likely that my future kid is going to need this consideration and now I feel overwhelmed.
I'm blond-haired, hazel-eyed white. My we're-practically-engaged-but-for-some-current-life-details boyfriend is half black, half mix of Native American and unknown. Any kid we have is going to look pretty different from what my entire extended family is used to (seriously, it's all white + white = white all across the board).
(...just, you know, humor me for a minute here. I'm not engaged, married, or pregnant, but I don't think I'm untoward in wanting to thresh some of this out -now-.)
So, I believe in strong body image and good examples of that. And just because I never really played with dolls doesn't mean my girl or boy won't. And I don't want her/his eventual jumble of toys and whatever else to be 1-sided.
But I'm annoyed now that all I can think of is to:
1. Buy several different dolls of the similar-to-Barbie variety, as shown in the tumblr provided in the comments
, in multiple skin tones/depths, visit a toy aisle/eBay and strip 80% white Barbie/GI Joe of their occupational clothes (Wonder Woman, doctor, glam girl, Superman, etc) and have those dolls wear what are normally depicted on their paler counterparts.
2. ??? Provide varied media. Not that I'm oblivious to Dora the Explorer and Disney's Tiana, but I'm annoyed that that is....literally all I can think of. Yes, it's not quite on my radar because I don't have kids, or am in social circles of people with kids, but it's still disturbing.
Not to mention many of these seem dolls seem expensive as hell and/or just for shelving, rather than eventually getting their heads popped off and all their hair tangled and cut. Well, that and they seem so difficult to find (I keep running across the same brands, which are, again, expensive). And while the body size has the most accessory and clothing options, all of those skinny Barbies with oval faces are making me feel ill.
So....maybe I'm asking for part brain storm as to other things I can do to promote good body image, part "where does one buy this stuff anyway?" advice. Because the last thing I want is to not know...how to start, especially now that I have some mental focus on the subject.
(If it matters by the way, my boyfriend and I, a woman, are both geeky/nerdy types, with tattoos. He paints his nails and has worn eyeliner plenty of times; I'm more about comfortable clothes and less makeup. We both like SciFi and fantasy and gaming, but even having any kid of mine grow into that with its mainly white or white-washed cast has been bothering me long before I ever saw the MeFi post.)