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Mattel Refused To Create A Breastfeeding Barbie, So This Artist Started Making Them

The artist and mother stepped up because ​”educating children is the way to erase the stigma behind it.’

Though Barbie’s a cherished and iconic toy the world over, its status as such has prompted many to demand that the doll’s manufacturer get with the times. The doll is and continues to be an aspiration for many girls, and though Mattel has addressed that idea somewhat, it’s clear they still have a long way to go to reflect the realities of being a girl or woman in today’s world.

To the company’s credit, they’ve made an effort with their Fashionista line which presents Barbie as women present themselves in the world: in different shapes, skin tones, hairstyles, and clothing. That said, many claim that the line is a half-measure, kept distinct from the more traditional Barbies so as not to tarnish the brand of the towering, skinny blonde that the name has come to represent.


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Though Barbie has had many jobs and undertaken many roles over the years, Mattel has failed to acknowledge that Barbie could one day become a mother who breastfeeds. Upset with the glacial pace Mattel has undertaken to get with the times, Australian mom and artist Betty Strachan has taken it upon herself to show Barbie breastfeeding.

For the past four years Strachan has repainted and modified Barbie dolls as a hobby, making them more realistic and human. Now, she’s creating a one-off line of pieces that she calls “Mamas Worldwide Barbie,” and people are applauding the effort and the product.

Here are just a few of the dolls in the project:

Betty Strachan

Betty Strachan

You can see countless more, as well as representations of girls that include some with braces, acne, and most every other aesthetic annoyance people face in their adolescence, on her bountiful Instagram feed.

Says Betty to The Huffington Post about her most recent endeavor, "The decision to make a breastfeeding doll didn’t come consciously. I’m a member of a mothers’ group that’s comprised of very lovely and supportive women. I remember one day, I was drawing the new face on a Barbie doll, and she just seemed to be the embodiment of the entire group."

Though she might not be a full-fledged factory (though a glance at her Instagram pics shows how prolific she really is), it sounds like her work is reaching her target audience. She says, "Most of the sales I’ve made have gone to mothers with children, and I’ve received a few pictures of happy customers playing with their dolls."

To that point, if you’d like to acquire one of these creations, you can support Betty by visiting her Etsy shop where she offers the Mamas Worldwide and other dolls for sale.

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the far-reaching conversation, Clinton and the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" and, without a doubt, the best interviewer in America discussed everything from Donald Trump's inauguration to her sexuality.

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Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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