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In which Tea Buys Herself a Doll
cap, captain miss america
I went to Toys R Us on Monday to buy a stuffed animal as a gift for a friend, and on my way to the register, I passed the Strawberry Shortcake dolls.

Now, when I was little, Strawberry Shortcake was my life. My mother made me a costume. I probably talked Berry Talk a bunch. I must have had a dozen dolls. We couldn't afford the fancy accessories, so my mother sewed little sleeping bags for all of them and gave me an old makeup case for them to live in.

I still remember that there was one doll I wanted desperately: Orange Blossom.

Orange Blossom was probably my first introduction to the idea of tokenism: the sole black character on the TV show and among the dolls.

She also had hair like mine.

In the early 80s, before the advent of Barbie and the Rockers, it was not particularly common to find a doll with curly hair-- especially any kind of curls that looked like natural curls, as opposed to neatly-coiffed ringlets that looked like they'd been made with curlers. There were other Strawberry Shortcakes dolls with curly hair-- quite a lot of them, in fact-- but Orange Blossom had the same short curls I had when I was four years old.

My father brought her back for me from a trip to Georgia. I still remember that I was riding on his shoulders when he gave her to me, and I called him a softie.

Anyway, in the current SSC reboot, the Orange Blossom doll, along with all the other dolls, has long, straight, silky hair. (Her skin is a lighter shade of brown, too).

I've never really had any interest in buying one of the new Strawberry Shortcake dolls, but then I saw this special edition Orange Blossom:

And now I have a doll.

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This makes me happy, and she is so cute!

I had Orange Blossom... she was my only black doll for the longest time. I think I received her because she was the only non-white doll. I figured out that i could give her a real fro by fluffing her hair with a brush in a certain way. I was obsessed with her hair. I was sad that my other black dolls had straight hair.

I had the metal SS kitchen, back in the day.

I also hate the reboots of all of 'my' beloved cartoons. It's just not right..

Edited at 2013-05-23 02:49 pm (UTC)

I don't hate reboots. I do feel uncomfortable with colorism and how we are supposed to be getting better as a society about letting everyone feel beautiful and comfortable in their skin, but it feels like we are putting more and more pressure on young girls to fit an impossible ideal, especially when that starts including a certain shade of skin and a certain texture of hair.

My biggest gripe with them is the redrawing/redesign.. and, honestly, that they're back. They were "our" toys, y'know? Let the kids today have their thing. /early morning grumpy. ♥

Oh my stars, look at her.

And I have a whole thing I could say about how one of the best parts of adulthood is doing any childhood thing one wants, were my brain organized today.

This is why I have Playmobil pirates and My Little Ponies now.

And she makes me so happy.

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