Barbie is still technically a toy for children, but the iconic character is using her power for good…and trying to empower young people. She’s now “a vlogger” on YouTube and in her latest episode, she drops some knowledge about the “sorry reflex” - which is when females automatically apologize, even when they’re not at fault in the slightest.
“I have some ideas about sorry,” Barbie says inthe animated clip. “I think there’s a bigger issue around ‘sorry,’ especially with girls. We say it a lot. Like, a lot. Like it’s a reflex, and that somehow everything that goes wrong is our fault.”
Barbie gives examples, like when we apologize after someone bumps into us, or when we say sorry to a server for asking for something totally reasonable, like asking for a dish to be reheated if it arrived cold.
"Sorry is a learned reflex, and every time we do it, we take away from our self-confidence,” Barbie explains. She even offers some helpful alternatives, like swapping “sorry” for “thank you,” adding that there’s more power in offering thanks than an apology. And she challenges viewers to go a whole day without saying “sorry.”