Over at Packaging Girlhood, Lynn and Sharon suggest:
If the original Dora grew up, she wouldn’t be a fashion icon or a shopaholic. She’d develop her map reading skills and imagine the places she could go. She’d capitalize on those problem solving skills to design new ways to bring fresh water to communities in need around the world. Maybe she’d become a world class runner or follow her love of animals and become a wildlife preservationist or biologist.
Wait… what?! We’ve only seen her silhouette and have no idea what Dora’s up to yet. And since when are brains and social consciousness defined by appearances? The notion is absolutely ridiculous. Further, I would love to see more messages to girls (and boys) that smart = attractive. Because it certainly does!
I hope that Dora remains curious, clever, self confident, and kind. And if she chooses to do so while wearing cute shoes, she’s entitled. I could wax poetic on this one, but Isis has done a terrific job over at On Becoming A Domestic And Laboratory Goddess so go take a look. In short, we each have many dimensions that make us interesting and unique. Let’s not judge Dora’s character based on an obscure image before we learn more about who she is.