Though Barbie might still technically be a child’s toy, she’s become the low-key influencer we never knew we needed. In case you missed it, the iconic character is now a vlogger on YouTube, dropping empowering wisdom to kids and tweens. In her latest vlog, she gets real about the “sorry reflex,” — as in, when girls and women automatically apologize even when they’re not the slightest bit at fault.
“I have some ideas about sorry,” Barbie says in the animated video. “[…] 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.”
She goes on to give examples, like when we apologize for somebody bumping into us, or when we ask a waiter for something totally reasonable, like to reheat a dish that arrived cold.
"We get excited and exuberant about something we’re really excited about…and then we say sorry like we’re afraid of being too big," Barbie adds. "Sorry is a learned reflex, and every time we do it, we take away from our self-confidence."
She later offered some helpful alternatives, such as replacing “sorry” with “thank you,” noting that there’s so much more power in offering thanks than an apology. Barbie goes on to challenge her viewers to go an entire day without saying the word.
Watch Barbie’s vlog below – and prepare to feel inspired:
Who knew that Barbie would be the shero we needed today? And in case you’re curious, Barbie has had her own YouTube page since 2015, in which she explores relevant topics like mental health and bullying. Needless to say, we’re totally here for this new version of our childhood staple.