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BARBIE:Role Model For Future Street Walkers???
It has recently come to my personal attention that Barbie is becoming more and more a slut. Sure before she was a tease but now shes all out in her clubbing clothes ready to leave them on the floor of any Ken's penthouse that comes her way.
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"Barbie is a girl with a Reputation: She's big-breasted, man-mad, and a bad role model. No wonder she is an unwanted guest at some birthday parties, where mothers of 4-year-olds frown at the sight of the dreaded pink box. Barbie's long been in trouble with feminists, educationists, and snooty middle-class parents. "

"If Barbie were a real human woman instead of a byword for consumerism, she would not be able to walk upright. Itís easy to see why: The weight of her pendulous breasts is simply not offset by her waspy waist and junior-high boy hips. Clearly, Barbieís figure was not designed with gothic cathedrals and flying buttresses in mind. So Barbie wouldnít be able to walk upright. There are worse afflictions. So, as a real woman, Barbieís head would have to stay attached. Hey, thatís life. "

Besides, if you are an astronaut and a supermodel and a veterinarian and a chart-topping pop star singer who lives in many different sets of really cool digs and has access to the most startling and varied array of clothes, would you really need to walk upright?
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I mean, who cares if you walk upright? Into each life a little rain must fall, as they say. Barbie is just differently abled than most of us. And why should she be excoriated because of that?

"Think about it. Wouldnít you, too, walk around on all fours, wearing Manolo Blahnik heels, if it meant you could be Barbie? All those clothes, all those cars, all those high-paying, power-slugging careers? And Ken isnít the only game in town. I hear G.I. Joe was built to last."

"It seems to me that if you want a role model for female "empowerment" and the redemptive power of consumerism, who also doubles as a poster child for the physically challenged, then I guess you want Barbie in the lives of your little girls."

http://www.metroland.net/back_issues/vol_25_no19/reckonings.html

Comments (4)

Kristen:

Too funny! Here's a little bit of gossip about Barbie. It was on the radio. Mattel released a statement that Barbie and Ken called it quits, and Barbie is now a single woman. Mattel came out with a new Barbie called Cali-girl. This new Barbie has a deeper tan, and is meant to symbolize her new life as a single. Whether or not Mattel actually released that statement, I don't know, but I thought it was funny.

P.S. I used to work at a toystore and we got the Cali-girl dolls in shortly after I heard that on the radio, so who knows? :)

According to plenty of news sites, Mattel did release such a statement.

After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time -- apart."

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/02/12/offbeat.barbie.breakup.ap/

Leslie:

Thanks for your comments on the great one. (Barbie) I just never understood why she was idolized by so many kids.
-Leslie

LeCrisha:

It is one of many ways to get our kids to do, act, and dress the way we (or Mattel) would like them to. It is all apart of Mattel's strategy to take over the world.

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