I am over the negativity I’ve seen today on Barbie. Apparently she is a “career killer” now. Aside from that people are designing dolls and stating their dolls look like “normal” girls and “real girls”. All of this reminds me of a scene from a favorite movie of mine, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Lets start with the career issue. How on earth can a doll kill a career vision? She represents OVER 130 careers. Barbie is a teacher, Doctor, President of the United States, racecar driver, pilot, astronaut, CEO, and more. But of course, society always has to place blame somewhere instead of parents doing their job and encouraging a creative mind.
Women are breaking molds and excelling in society. Yes, they still aren’t making the same as men but women are moving forward and taking big steps in various careers. Honestly I think Barbie is a boss of a toy and I’m glad girls have her as an option as opposed to the baby dolls that teach girls to be moms. Which, is not a problem but at least Barbie gives over 100 different inspirations on where to go in life.
Barbie originated in 1959 after founder Ruth Handler watched her daughter play with paper dolls. I’d say that is one hell of an upgrade. Disagree? The brand receives a lot of negativity on her proportions. Did you know they’ve already increased Barbie’s waistline?
So lets take a look at these dolls that are like “real girls” and look “normal”.
Picture left is obviously Barbie, and on the right … a “real girl” doll. She has quite the behind on her. Oh no, now I have a body issue since I don’t have a butt like that. Darn it, I guess I need to get a butt implant now. Oh, her thighs don’t touch either? That isn’t healthy. I better start starving myself to loose the muscle I have between my legs so my thighs don’t touch. Check out the lines on her stomach. She has a nice ab definition starting there and I’m sure most “real” girls don’t have that and I certainly don’t. It requires 80% of what you eat (healthy) and 20% the gym to get results like that. Lets be real America, we do not eat healthy!
Here is the one that is like “normal” girls. Again, her thighs don’t touch. Darn it. So unhealthy. She is so tan too! I should start laying out in the sunshine.
In conclusion, society needs to stop placing blame in different directions. Take ownership as parents and create a healthy body image in your home by eating healthy and exercising. Also, encourage your girls (and boys) to think outside the box and discover new interests in life. And do the Barbie brand a favor, leave it alone if you don’t like it. It’s as simple as that.