Preaching To Six-Year-Olds: Barbie Wants Little Girls To Be Anything—Even A New Gender

Preaching To Six-Year-Olds: Barbie Wants Little Girls To Be Anything—Even A New Gender


Barbie says you can be whatever you want when you grow up — even transgender. Just in time for Pride Month, Mattel has debuted a doll modeled after Laverne Cox, transgender actor and 2014 “Glamour” magazine Woman of the Year.

“I hope all the kids who are feeling stigmatized when their healthcare is being jeopardized, their ability to play in sports, I hope they can see this Barbie and have a sense of hope and possibility,” Cox said about the new Barbie on NBC’s “Today”. 

Barbie’s target market has traditionally been girls from ages three to 12. Though, as each successive generation has matured more quickly  and, therefore, at a younger age, Barbie’s targeted age group has shrunk to three- to six-year-olds. You could argue that the

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