Sunday, 13 November 2016

Positive Self-Image: A different kind of doll!

One should never underestimate the power of positive self-image and identity. When you are directly or indirectly told from a very young age, that you skin colour is 'bad. naughty, criminal, ugly' in most cases this remains as a subconscious belief! Check out the heart breaking experiment below where nearly every single black and non-black child pointed to the black doll as 'evil, wicked, bad, naughty, ugly etc.'! Even when you already know, it's still quite overwhelming to watch first hand the power and effect of silent yet insidious social conditioning; especially on young children!! Armed with such knowledge, I believe that it is the duty of every black parent to ensure that black children (especially in the diaspora) are NOURISHED with positive self-image; something as simple as a beautiful and authentic looking black doll...'that looks like me...

Watch the 'doll test' video below and see what you think.

Nowadays there are a list of companies that have ventured into ethnic doll making in an attempt to create more diversity for our children. Not all of them have got it exactly right; not even the company that I am talking about today - Malville, however it is a very positive start. First, the most obvious - skin and hair, then hopefully facial features and body shape. We are moving forward, and hopefully our children will be the better for it.

To read/find out more about this company and what they doing, click on the links below:

  • ThandieKay article: click HERE
  • Black Girl Long Hair article: click HERE
  • Malaville dolls Instagram: click: HERE

That's it guys.  Thanks for reading... 


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