Following up on the debacle of whale and dolphin (and shark-killing) toys that Mattel and Playmobil have devised, I have some suggestions that might actually engender a love of and respect for animals and nature, instead of Whale Dominatrix Barbie.
Imagine how awesome it would be to see your child developing an interest in stand-up paddling or sea kayaking, such that it actually informed your family vacation next Summer. How so very awesome to set their young minds on respect and appreciation, instead of control, manipulation, destruction – which is inherent in the current whale, dolphin and shark toys, that are rooted in maintaining and promoting the dolphin show.
A side-show barker couldn’t do much better at promoting the acceptability of whale and dolphin captivity than Mattel’s and Playmobil’s current toys. But what about, instead of the current repertoire of whale- and dolphin-unfriendly toys, a:
- Sea Kayak Barbie
- Stand-up Paddling Barbie
- Playmobil Dolphin Pod Watch
- Whale Watching Barbie
Seriously. Isn’t that the kind of toy you want your sons and daughters using to tease out their imagination (not that they need – or even should have – a plastic toy to do that – that’s a discussion for another day)? One that calls them to do more than encourage the capture and domination of a species to do stupid tricks? One that calls them to appreciate and value the magnificence of marine mammals in their own habitat, living in their own family and community groups.
Watch this video and see if you can’t imagine Mattel and Playmobil making a toy for your child that teaches these awesome values, instead of Capture! Dominate! Demean!
Wow. Methinks there is a San Juan adventure in my future. And if Mattel made a Sea Kayak Barbie? Well, let’s just say that I can think of one little girl with an awesome Barbie in her future.
By the way, there are lots of these sea kayak and paddling adventure tours out there. Since I have never done one, I can’t recommend one yet. My friend over at Jules Rules is a serious traveler and outdoor adventure girl. She’s going to be my first line for recommendations.
Mattel oughta have a Jules Rules Barbie. Now, that is an awesome idea.