So what do you think about Barbie? Love her or hate her?
Barbie turns 50 this month and today, March 9th is her official birthday.
If you have a daughter or might have one some day – did you or would you let her have Barbie dolls?
I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I had Barbie dolls and they didn’t completely screw me up. On the other hand, it did give me warped ideas about what adult women are supposed to look like – but I got over it.
I don’t know yet if I would let a daughter have them. I haven’t kept up, but I’m guessing they still make them with unrealistic proportions. If they changed them and made them more realistic I think they would be ok. I did just read that Barbie’s waist is now bigger, but as far as I know her breasts are still really big. The really old ones that look like they are wearing lots of makeup just look creepy to me.
If they offered different ones with not just different skin and hair colors, but height, waist and breast sizes and with no makeup I’d feel much better about a daughter having one too.
The idea of having a doll that is an adult is to help young girls explore what they would like to be when they are an adult. And for them to imagine being something other than a mother, which is about the only option with the more traditional baby dolls. That’s a great idea, its a shame its been messed up to some degree due to the way Barbie’s body is designed.
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