A glimpse into my world down here...
Is there a girl who didn't grow up with a Barbie Doll? Cindy perhaps? Or if you were like me your collection was totted up with look a likes from Lidl? Safe to say that there is a very large number of us who had this out of proportion woman as one of our first introductions in the career world.
Don't get me wrong this woman has one hell of a C.V., she has done everything from a medical profession to a Prima Ballerina, but is she really pushing the boundaries of gender stereotypes, or is she perfectly comfortable in occupations which even to this day are deemed to be female?
I can't really talk, my day time job is a secondary maths teacher and although I have a degree in a subject which is male dominated I settled comfortably into a female role. Going to make it very clear now that when I first went into teaching I didn't see it as a female role, I saw it as I wanted to continue helping and working with children because I had enjoyed previous experiences with them - boy was I wrong.
The issue that I have is that, at any point there wasn't anyone who stopped me and said "why don't you do something else with your maths degree?" they were all perfectly happy to let me carry on with my chosen path. To be honest though, I don't think I would have listened to them if they had said it, but it would have been nice to have had just one person say it to me.
Seven years on into my chosen profession and I am regretting my choice, which is another blog post all together at a later date, but my current feelings were emphasised when I watched the latest advert for Barbie.
Sat watching the television on one of those few occasions where I was watching a live channel an advert started with "Imagine the possibilities when girls are free to imagine they can be anything" it sparked my interest. If you don't know what I'm talking about click this link and you can watch it for yourself.
Students are filling into a lecture hall, and there is a small girl at the front discussing animals which soon turns out it is actually the same small girl is playing with her dolls in her bedroom.
Don't get me wrong I appreciate that Barbie were trying to show a female in a different profession, but it would have been so much better if it had been one that is stereotypically male! Why not show Barbie in the pits working on a race car, or operating a crane?
So thanks Barbie for trying, I hope that this is the first of many videos where we further explore new opportunities. And finally would it be too much to ask to ditch the pink?
What do you think?