From criticism about sexualizing girls from too young an age to creating a negative and unrealistic body image in girls, Barbie has long been accorded a great deal of responsibility for the self-image of young girls. So now Barbie, with her showy display of glamorous makeup, jewelry and flamboyant styles, is ready to cover it all up. Mattel has released its first Barbie in hijab, fashioned after Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Quran 24:31 commands women to cover so thoroughly as to reduce their capacity to provoke temptation, and to hide their “adornments.” If a woman does not completely cover, then she is fair game to be “abused” (Quran 33:59).
The covering up of this free icon of Western femininity in a hijab will be presented as a celebration of “diversity.” Iranian-Australian columnist Rita Panahi condemned such celebrations in the West, following an effort in the City of Greater Dandenong to encourage “non-Muslim women to wear a hijab for three hours” to raise “awareness and insight.” Panahi asked relevant questions of these “diversity” promoters:
Perhaps a celebration of sharia law involving an adulteress being flogged in the city square…. moral police armed with long canes who can whip women for showing too much hair or skin?
That might familiarise the locals with what happens in parts of the world where hijabs are compulsory….It was only late last year when women in Iran were disfigured and blinded in acid attacks for daring to contravene the country’s strict hijab code.
How far are Barbie’s creators prepared to go now that they have waded into the waters of religion and identity politics?
We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!” Mattel posted. “Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries.
Shrouding the identity of women is breaking boundaries, all right! The hijab is a symbol of the lower status of women in the House of Islam, and in the House of War, it is often a public declaration of sharia adherence and supremacist pride.
A side note about Ibtihaj Muhammad: less than a year ago, she spoke out as a “victim” of the Trump temporary Muslim ban on countries of concern after she was detained, claiming that she was detained because of the Trump ban, when she was actually detained under Obama. Muhammad also claimed that in America she feels unsafe “all the time.”
Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is quite a doll – literally. She’s thrilled to have inspired a Barbie in her likeness, and especially proud that the doll will be the first Barbie to wear a hijab. “This is a childhood dream come true,” she posted. The doll is part of the “She-ro” line.
“We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!” Mattel posted. “Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries.”….