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Chandra says seeing Kiri's documentary about the doll experiment was eye-opening as a mother. "The thing that struck me the most was how quickly the kids answered the question. You know, 'This one is the nicest because she's white.' There was no ambiguity. There was no, 'Let me think about it.'"

She says her daughters have had dolls of varying races. "My 8-year-old is really into whose hair she can comb, so if there's a doll with hair that doesn't work out, she doesn't want to work with that one," Chandra says. "It doesn't matter what the ethnicity is. It's all about the hair for her."

Though she says her daughters seem to have no self-esteem issues, Chandra says she needs to remember to keep communicating with her girls. "I think that I don't even have to have the conversation. But that's not really true. I still have to bring up the conversation. 'What do you think about yourself? How do you think you look?'"
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Published on January 01, 2006

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