As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

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darlingbenny asked:

which canon stories you'd like to see they do in s4??? like for each ep - go!

thealogie answered:

YATI YATI!!! There is not one question you’ve ever asked that hasn’t been the cutest and best but this is just the absolute best and I don’t even know what I want…..Okay so let’s say whatever happens in the special puts them back together but incredibly sad and rattled and Larger Forces still pursuing them and only gone for now.

Ep 1: The Copper Beeches is nice. I love Violet Hunter. Maybe they will not ruin Violet Hunter for me.  This is good. I think this is the first canon story after Mary where John refers to 221B as “ours” again, implying he just moved back (if only temporarily). If you keep in mind the fact that he’s just moved back Sherlock’s “will you come with me?” (like he isn’t sure any more) always gets me in this one.

Ep 2: The Devil’s Foot…John making Sherlock take a break and go on the trip but they accidentally find a case anyway and John is like “of-bloody-course.” I can’t handle Sherlock thinking John’s nearly died for him AGAIN without it being a get-together moment though so we need to save that particular moment of this for later. But I want John seeing Sherlock let someone go because they’d acted out of love, I need his pleased little “I thought I knew my Watson” and also when Sherlock let’s Sterndale go and Sherlock double-checks with John like “should I have turned him in?” and John is like “obviously not”.

Ep 3: A SIX NAPOLEONS WITH 3GAR MOMENT. You get Sherlock being more despondent than John has ever seen him about a case, you get “it was worth many wounds” and I have such a place in my heart for this ending with the Yard…but then maybe they will keep it for later. But I love the idea that Lestrade says he’ll be a good man one day and I love the moment where Lestarde says “We’re not jealous of you at Scotland Yard. No, sir, we are very proud of you” and I LOVE HIS LIL PRAISE KINK HIS LIL BOW “A flush of color sprang to Holmes’s pale cheeks, and he bowed to us like the master dramatist who receives the homage of his audience.” 

This plus 3 Gar in one episode wouldn’t even work but I can’t let it go….i’m too fragile……….