Lean In…come closer…closer…Pssst…Leave Barbie alone.
It seems as though lately everyone is out to get this American toy treasure charging her with diminishing young girls self esteem in the form of a proposal to ban Girl Scout Barbie badges to creating a doll the more accurately mimics a female figure. It is absolutely ridiculous to blame an eleven inch plastic doll as being the root cause of poor self body image among girls.
Barbie is fun.
It is fun to pick out a different colorful, hip outfit – accessorized to the hilt – complete with a matching belt, fashionable plastic jewelry, a cute little purse. Not to mention the honing of fine motor skills for little fingers gained from trying to cram Barbie’s petite feet into those teeny-tiny plastic pumps.
When the quintessential child clothing company Carter comes out with a marble-blue vinyl knee-length overcoat lined with blue faux fur and matching stiletto boots to emulate Barbie clothes, then there may be cause for concern.
Barbie has healthy eating habits. She doesn’t stand in her Dream House kitchen pantry eating potato chips by the handful out of the bag.
She drinks orange juice, milk and serves healthy entrees like roasted turkey to guests – cool guests, like the Collector’s Edition Wonder Woman Barbie.
Barbie is a career woman. She’s been an Astronaut, Teacher, Doctor, Veterinarian, Dentist, Babysitter, Surfer and Chef to name a few of her occupations. Yes, she is gainfully employed.
She not only wants to work, she really has no choice with a boyfriend like Ken. The only suit the man has ever worn is his bathing suit. Though, Barbie’s loveable surfer dude does get props for always bringing flowers.
So what if she has big boobs and a tiny waist? It’s fun!
Lammily, shammily. Have you ever heard of Skipper? The less voluptuous, not so flashy dresser, younger sister of Barbie? She didn’t sell so well, though successful crowdfunding will surely send this little Lam to the factory production line.
We’ll see how long it takes Lam to hit the Bonnie Bell counter for a lip smacker or Justice for some mustache earrings.
It is doubtful that Barbie is having an influence on the trend in provocative teen selfies flooding the pages on Instagram. Barbie has long been packed up and put into the attic by those teen years.
Let’s stop blaming Barbie.