but that's like with barbie too, adults complain she's too skinny to be a role model, but aren't we suppose to educate kids that they don't need to compare themselves with dolls? and that you're not suppose to judge anybody or anything by what they look like? and that it's what's on the inside that counts? have you heard adults trying to manipulate the way barbie looks, they don't even tell kids other things about barbie?
barbie hate is a huuuuge pet peeve of mine! sure, shes not anatomically correct, but what doll is? have you seen bratz dolls? betty spaghetti? not once as a child did i think “hmm i want a huge head or maybe no bones at all”
you know what i wanted? i wanted to ride a horse like barbie, go to space like barbie, be a doctor like barbie, go on super cool holidays like barbie and have heaps of friends like barbie. sure i might still be rocking the barbie blonde fringe thing but not once did i want to be as skinny as barbie. the thought never crossed my mind when i first played with the dolls.
i learnt to look like a barbie doll from pretty much every that was not a barbie doll. tv shows, movies, adverts, kids in the school yard, adults, all of them telling me to be pretty and skinny and keep quiet.
why do we as adults and the mature members of society, continue to push our societal conceptions onto children who simply enjoy a toy? sure, we can argue all the live long day about capitalist propaganda and subliminal messaging, but children dont get that. they see a cool toy of their favourite character, and they want to play with it. end of.
our job is to monitor how our children react to certain things, and correct negative thought processes as they develop. im not saying give your kid whatever toy they want and leave it at that. but at some point, you have to realise that children dont over analyse like we do. step in when necessary, but dont react to a non-existent problem. educate your children ffs
i am 100% pro-barbie for being successful in every possible field, whilst still rocking the pink and glitter. it took me far too long in life to realise what a role model that doll is because of the negative connotations behind her.