Does barbie really encourage low self esteem? Do girls honestly want to be like her? Is barbie an image of perfection for girls? For me, barbie was just a toy that you could play dress up with and generally muck around with. Barbie was never anything more. Of course, i grew up and was over dolls before bratz were popular and myscence was even thought of. It’s a shock confession but i never owned a bratz doll. ever. I was reading the other day that barbie is to blame for lots of self esteem issues in tweens and young teens. I have even heard of one lady who had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery to look like barbie, and wait for it, her husband had the same amount of plastic surgery to look like ken. What kind of sick world are we living in? Barbie used to be a cute innocent doll that wore crocheted dresses and jeans but look in any toy aisle and you’ll see barbies, bratz and other such dolls dressed in mini-skirts, short shorts, midrift tops and fishnet stockings. What’s this teaching our kids? that it’s ok to dress like a skank because barbie does? I remember you used to (I’m not sure if you still can) buy barbie’s that had certain careers or life aspirations. Bride barbie, doctor barbie, horse riding barbie etc. Stuff career aspiration barbies, bring on the role-model barbie. She would be normal height and weight, wear practical nice clothes and not encourage skankiness in 6 year olds.
But barbie’s not for everyone. I was reading an article today in one of the sunday paper magazines that girls as young as six are ditching their dolls for the cooler online alternative. namely, stardolls. I’ve been on this site a few times. Baisically you make an account and can dress up celebrity paper dolls. You make friends and can send them messages. It’s myspace for pre-tweens. You can buy star-dollars and purchase new accessories and if you buy enough you can become a premium member and can have access to unreleased dolls. Let me tell you, the clothes you dress the dolls with are just as bad as what barbie wears. Barbie was first released in 1959, so almost 50 years ago. What to you think about the past generations, and generations to come of barbie girls?
love and role-model barbies,
frangipani princess xoxo