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Barbie Doll Makeover: New Curvy, Petite & Tall Body Types Not Diverse Enough

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Sylvia DurresWell Mattel finally got it right—sorta.The global toy manufacturer introduced its latest line of Barbie dolls Thursday, its new “Fashionistas” crew, and they actually look a little bit more like actual, real, living, breathing women. A wee bit more, at least.Instead of that historic stick-thin frame, Barbie dolls will now be available in three new body types: curvy, petite and tall, sporting a variety of hairstyles and skin tones. Creating dolls that differ even just a little bit from that classic, all-too perfect blonde giant we’ve all come to love and/or loathe is most definitely a step in the right direction, but the toy behemoth has a long way to go in reflecting all the dimensions of actual women—among them, the very same ones who trek down to the toy stores to buy these plastic mutant clones in order to appease their kids.Indeed, it’s a vicious cycle.We’ve heard the criticism for decades: Producing such a popular toy that’s only representative of a certain particular subset of the population and its respective hair color, body shape, size, and height—in Mattel’s “Original” Barbie’s case, blonde, busty and Amazonian-like—distorts young girls’ impression of everything from ideal beauty to their own sense of self-worth.It gives them a distorted view of the world, really. Nobody looks exactly like that classic Barbie! Okay, maybe a miniscule percentage do, and there are plenty of adults injecting Botox and undergoing plastic surgery to closer resemble that mold, admittedly, but still. For the majority of the population, that Barbie look is unattainable, and no one should be brainwashing our youth into aspiring to look like a plastic doll and in the process, psychologically abusing them if they do not fit that mold, and never will, simply because of who they are and what they look like.Humans are perfect in our individual uniqueness! That’s what makes us so great! Every woman is beautiful, no matter what their skin color, hair color, height or chest size, and so, again, while these latest “Fashionistas” are a step in the right direction, Mattel has a long way to go, and should continue creating Barbies that are more reflective, and better representative, of actual women.It seems they will, and for that, Mattel deserves some kudos. From the Barbie website:“Girls everywhere now have infinitely more ways to play out their stories and spark their imaginations through Barbie. Along with more overall diversity, we proudly add three new body types to our line. Here’s a look at why we did this, and the team that made it possible. #TheDollEvolves”“This is just the beginning. From offering products that feature more empowering and imaginative roles to partnering with best in class role models, we believe in girls and their limitless potential. #YouCanBeAnything”Changes such as these (Perhaps even a plus-size Barbie!?) will help build self-esteem and self-worth among its target audience, and teach these youngsters a valuable lesson in the process:#BeautyIsUniversal.last_img read more

From outbreak to surrender: World War Two in the Pacific

first_imgTopics : Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes, pounding the US fleet moored there in the hope of destroying US military power in the Pacific. Around 2,300 Americans die and 1,200 are injured, 21 vessels sunk or damaged and hundreds of aircraft destroyed.The United States declares war the following day and three days later, Germany declares war on the United States.Shortly before the Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese troops land on the east coast of west Malaya, and capture large swathes of territory in their push southward to Singapore.Jan. 15, 1942: Five weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbour, a Japanese land column, moving from Thailand, strikes across the frontier into present-day southern Myanmar. British forces fight back but Japan’s superior jungle tactics see Myanmar fall at the end of May. This month marks 75 years since the end of World War Two in the Pacific.Japan invaded and occupied parts of Asia before and during the war in the name of its emperor, Hirohito, and aligned itself with Germany and Italy in 1940 to become one of the so-called Axis powers.Here are some key events of World War Two in the Pacific:center_img Feb. 15, 1942: Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, commander of the British Commonwealth forces, surrenders to Japanese Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Singapore after a swift, humiliating battle. Singapore is then occupied by the Japanese until 1945.April 1942: US and Filipino prisoners of war are forced to march about 100km (62 miles) under brutal conditions after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines. Many died from physical abuse, dysentery and other diseases.Death marches also occurred in Sandakan on Borneo island. Both were later judged as war crimes.Aug. 1942: In the Pacific, Japanese and US troops fight from island to island. Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, was the scene of six months of fighting. Along with the Battle of Midway, this was one of the first major offensives and decisive victories for the Allies in the Pacific.Oct. 1944: On the verge of losing the Philippines to US forces, Japan conducts its first kamikaze attack off the island of Leyte, deliberately crashing planes into Allied targets. Roughly 4,000 kamikaze pilots died and 34 US ships were sunk as a result of the attacks in the last few months of the war.Feb. 1945: More than 30,000 US Marines battle 21,000 Japanese on the island of Iwo Jima, the first native Japanese soil to be invaded during the Allied advance. Nearly all the Japanese defenders died in the 36-day battle, along with nearly 7,000 US Marines.Aug. 6, 1945: The US B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay carrying 12 crew members drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” on Hiroshima in Japan’s main island of Honshu.The death toll from the blast was estimated at about 140,000 people by the end of the year, out of a total of 350,000 who lived there at the time. Three days later, the United States drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” on Nagasaki.Aug. 15, 1945: Emperor Hirohito announces Japan’s decision to surrender in his first speech broadcast by radio, bringing World War Two to an end.Sept. 2, 1945: A Japanese delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu board the battleship USS Missouri to sign the surrender document, along with US General Douglas MacArthur as Supreme Allied Commander. last_img read more

SU offense looks to adjust to pressure defenses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Justin Pugh recognizes the blueprint of the Syracuse offense. Much like his head coach Doug Marrone talked about with regards to the defensive side of the ball Monday, the SU left tackle Pugh knows where Rutgers will attack the Orange offense. Stop the pressure and run game. Make Ryan Nassib throw the ball. Make the SU offensive line hold. ‘They’re not a pressure team,’ Pugh said of Rutgers. ‘They don’t blitz as much. But I’m sure after seeing the film from Louisville and Cincinnati, they’re going to pressure. That’s something that we’ve kind of gotten used to.’ Louisville used the blueprint to expose the Syracuse offense last weekend. Heading to Rutgers for its last road contest of the season Saturday, the Orange will hope to adjust enough to avoid falling into its opponent’s blueprint once again. And that means executing, as well as perhaps switching a few things up offensively, despite the limitations from what Marrone called Monday a ‘banged-up’ unit. It begins by following through in the trenches, where SU’s offensive line gave up three sacks and many more hurries, which led to rushed throws from Nassib. The Cardinals had four tackles for loss, and one of the sacks forced a fumble from Nassib that led Louisville to a touchdown three plays later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And that led to the Orange’s worst offensive showing in a half this season: 62 yards of offense and three points in the second half, while Louisville marched down the field on two long drives. ‘As a whole, we’re obviously disappointed that we were only able to put up three points in the second half,’ Pugh said. ‘We kept getting behind on mistakes. We kept getting penalties. … Personally I had a penalty that was something I shouldn’t be doing.’ With Louisville stacking the box and holding the SU run offense in the second half, Pugh and SU wide receiver Alec Lemon said Tuesday that the opportunity to open up the pass game was there. But Marrone said that combined with Louisville’s constant pressure, the Orange didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. ‘The situation last week was that they were always going to bring one more player than you can block,’ Marrone said, ‘so it’s pretty difficult to hold the football to go down field. We were able to lock them up at times and throw it down the field. And then who should we throw it to? I’m just asking.’ Lemon raised his hand to that question Tuesday. Lemon knows there were missed opportunities, such as his two drops Saturday against Louisville that would have been Syracuse touchdowns. With missed chances like those drops and SU’s overall inability to stretch the field on offense Saturday, the Orange only recorded three pass plays of 10 yards or more against Louisville. But that doesn’t mean SU shouldn’t take chances. A perfect example, Lemon said, was his 51-yard touchdown pass from Nassib that tied the score briefly at 7-7. Lemon was able to expose a one-on-one matchup in the Louisville secondary and get past the Cardinals’ safeties into the end zone. And with himself and Van Chew there at the receiver position, Lemon said there are plenty of opportunities if Rutgers uses that defensive blueprint against the Orange. ‘Van and I both feel that we can be thrown to and make big plays,’ Lemon said. ‘We just want to go out there and show it to the team and our coaches.’ Added Lemon: ‘When you see one-on-ones, you’re going to try to get it to the receivers and make the receivers make the plays. That’s the challenge that we receivers have to take. They’re saying that they can guard us, and we have to go out and take that personally and play the game we can play.’ And to Marrone, the possibilities are there as well. Rutgers is on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Louisville’s pressure. Whereas the Cardinals are ranked 24th in the nation in sacks, the Scarlet Knights come in at No. 118 out of 120. A different scheme. A different defense. But likely, the same blueprint. Taking advantage of those opportunities comes with the Orange’s execution. ‘I hope so,’ Marrone said when asked if he thinks Rutgers will attack SU’s offense with the same blueprint. ‘Because it gives us a chance to make bigger plays. It really does. … So when people see what we are doing, they know that there are plays out there, and we just have to make them.’ [email protected]last_img read more

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