Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Should We All Be Barbie Girls?

'Barbie without makeup' on the right is the classic face of a barbie, on the left she has no make up and looks dull, bland and is a lot less desirable. Lazy night on the internet and I stumble across these statistics- actually they hit me like a bus. Though as a child I was more a 'BABY-born' girl I had a small, very select, crew of Barbies. I never saw them as being the image of normality as such (their feet were far too pointy) but I did think Barbie was very pretty. Barbie may look like an airhead girly girl but she has serious skills in business: making big money since 1959.

But should she still be bought for young, easily influenced, girls? She's just a harmless doll isn't she? Read the stats below and see how you feel: 

  • If Barbie was an actual woman, she would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe.
  • Barbie calls this a “full figure” and likes her weight at 110 lbs.
  • At 5’9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate.
  • If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
  • Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside stating simply “Don’t eat.”
Eating disorders damage lives. This is something I fear the media will never understand or portray. An eating disorder isolates you- scaring away all your friends and frightening your family. It wraps you up and makes you lose track of the rest of the world. All you care about is what your next meal is, and how many little numbers go alongside it. Yet this is what we are promoting as the image of beauty. Barbie isn't beauty- she is horrifically deformed. 

Still just a harmless dolly? 

Barbie has a sinister side. Maybe she should put on a few pounds so she can begin to represent what a real woman is like- instead of giving little girls unrealistic images of beauty.

A woman holding a barbie, outlined on her skin is the shape of how the barbie is proportioned, she looks frightening.

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