Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Who Doesn't Love Barbie?

Well, I don't. Why would I want my daughter to spend her time playing with something that looked like that? Barbie wants to be beautiful (the world's idea of beautiful) and date Ken. Some high aspirations...LOL. Tami at A Godly Homemaker shared this Barbie with us today, which made me get a bit angry. Not that she shared it, but just at Barbie in general. And we wonder why teenage pregnancy is so common. We wonder why 7 year old girls have boyfriends. It's not hard to connect the dots. No matter how loudly you shout it, people just don't see that Satan will try anything to destroy anyone!

I stumbled upon this fantastic post about Barbie today and thought that it was definitely worth reposting here. Source:

Poor Barbie

By Betsy Gallup

Poor Barbie, she may someday marry Ken, but chances are, they will never have children. Based on research done by Rader Programs, the percent of Barbie's body fat would be so low, she would have ceased to menstruate--that is if she ever started. She has been grossly underweight since the beginning.

If Barbie were a real person, she would be 6' 0", weigh 100 lbs., and wear a size 4. Her measurements would be 39"/19"/33". My four-month-olds' heads measure 17 1/2". She would probably have had to have back surgery from being so top heavy.

The average woman is 5' 4", weighs 145 lbs., and wears between a size 11-14. Her measurements are approximately 36"/30"/41". There is a fifty-fifty chance that she is on a diet right now.

After spending her childhood playing with Barbie, watching models and actresses who stand 5' 11" and weight 117 lbs. sell them on the idea of the perfect body.

Least we forget, you are probably dieting most of her life, complaining how your butt is too big, cellulite is taking over your thighs. No matter how beautiful she thinks her mother is, mom is forever trying to change her body.

Per Time Magazine, there is an 80% chance you have had her on at least one diet by the time she is in fourth grade. Fourth grade. Think about that. She is ten-year-old. She is still playing with dolls. Her body hasn't hit puberty yet. She is learning independence and is developing her own opinions on life. You are prioritizing weight and appearance in her life.

By the time she is in college, her chance of having an eating disorder is 19%. She has put her Barbie doll away. But that image of the perfect body is still with her. No matter how thin she may be, she is still aspiring toward Barbie.

Now what happens when she can't reach that goal?

Statistics courtesy of Eating Disorders Info and ANRED.

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Kimberly said...

Our oldest had some Barbie's - She never played with them, when we went to "dresses only" and the Holy Spirit lead us to be modest, we got rid of all of them and the stuff. I can't stand "that" aisle at any store, it's disgusting. The little girls have Calico Critters, (which I just saw at Toys R us last night- I know some people have issues with those too- animals acting as humans), Playmobil, Littlest Pet Shop (which was great in the beginning then they changed the eyes to be rather sleezy, so we have the older ones)- The little girls favorites by far are their Historical American Girl dolls and their baby dolls.

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe the photograph! This is totally immoral. Barbie has been the topic of a few conversation within our home this week due to a new advertisement campaign that I was made aware of (I think I will post on this another time) Thank you for sharing this important issue Elizabeth.

Caracy said...

As the author of this piece, I have to say it is nice to know it is still making an impression after some years. My daughter is now 8. I am facing some of the same issues with her. She is a normal little girl who measures at the top of the average growth chart for height and weight. I fight that little sublimal urge to put her on a diet so at least her weight can be more toward middle of the road.

May we all learn to value more than just outer beauty and to raise strong independent daughters with good self-images.