Growing Up With Girl Power

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Growing Up With Girl Power is published by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York, NY. © 2012. All rights reserved

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Chapter 9
Beyond Girl Heroes: Girl Power, Racism, and Race Relations

Chapter Nine of Growing Up With Girl Power moves
beyond the girl hero cartoons to investigate other modes of girl power preferred by the African-American girls in my study. It focuses especially on the Bratz brand of diverse dolls that many of the girls loved—and used in surprising ways.

Bratz dolls

Figure 9.1: Bratz Dolls.
Bratz are racially diverse, available in a range of skin tones and hair colors. Front row, left to right: Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha. Back row: The same dolls in their original packaging. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Distinctive Assets. Courtesy of Getty Images.

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A Conversation about Race
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See also:

Bratz Episode

Sister, Sister: "I Had a Dream," part 2
(episode with Harriet Tubman)

Related books:

Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences, And The Myth Of The American Dream (Cultural Studies)