Finally someone said it.
I use this debate every time that I’d hear people complain about Barbie and her body shape and it’s effects on girl. I never understood why people made a big deal out of it, it was just a doll - why would we blame a doll for unreal body expectations who could be any thing she wanted. A doll is a doll, not reality. I’d blame media and their UNREALISTIC expectations for us, before I’d blame a doll.
Stop Barbie Shaming.
I’m sorry but I can’t deal with such grade-A dumb in the AM
There were no Barbies for the dreams I had as a little girl. Where’s Mercenary Barbie? Ancient Wizened Barbarian Leader Barbie? Bear-Wrestling Barbie (complete with bear)??? I-Don’t-Particularly-Care-For-Pepto-Pink Barbie??? UGLY DOLLS WITH SWORDS!?!?!!!! And that’s not even getting into how 90% of those goddamn fiddly little accessory things are gonna get lost anyway. Especially your crappy designer shoes which don’t stay on Barbie’s unnaturally pointy feet. (WHICH, btw, make her incredibly difficult to stand upright while playing).
I mean, yeah, I think there was a Xena doll out there somewhere, but for some reason she was not considered appropriate for children. SO FUCKED UP. anyway next time we all decide to pretend Barbies are so great because they let kids explore a variety of roles via a female avatar let us also remember that Barbie offers are a)fairly limited, actually; and b)unrealistic in ways that detract from the fantasy.
(And that’s without getting into the whole “actually, it would be healthier and more imaginative if you gave your kid a tiara and sent them to play Sailor Moon Fights Trees” because that’s not always possible; but yeah; we should seriously question a universe which didn’t provide me with a toy chakram as a child, WTH. still saddened by this. and I still want one.)