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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies


I admit I vacillate like crazy on the issue of allowing Ainsley to have Barbies. It's a grey area for me. I allowed Barbie for a while, then when I found a decapitated and limbless Barbie massacre on Ainsley's bed I silently cheered for joy and vowed not to replace her.

Some people give me crap about it and think I'm being too extreme. I admit, I've been thinking What's the harm in letter her play with those dolls, really?

Then the universe sends me a message to remind me.

First, I was flipping channels and came across Say Yes To The Dress. A wedding dress consultant asks a full grown woman, what do you want to look like on your wedding day?

Like Barbie, the woman says. She wasn't kidding. Click this link to see her say it.

Then my Barbie-defending friend, Violet, sends me this Cheerleader Barbie Inspires Young Girls.

Could those cheerleaders be any more Pro-ana ? Mattel is calling this their model muse body. It makes me want to be sick - but not to lose weight, just to express disgust.

Seriously, what message do these Barbies have for your daughter? You will never measure up unless you quit eating altogether and have a rib or two removed.

Give Barbies for Christmas if you must, but Ainsley's getting the "chubby" knockoffs.

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11 comments:

Violet said...

Jinx - I wrote about the same thing today!

jen said...

Barf, that is discusting. How can Matel be down with that doll?

Belinda said...

My grandmother left me these beautifull china and baby dolls - much better than Barbie

i collect dolls today.

Tracee said...

That's lovely Belinda. Ainsley has a doll collection from all the countries her Nana has been to. She cherishes them (I wish I was more strict about playing with them - sometimes they break.)

jen said...

Aww, that is so neat Tracee. *Sigh* I wish I had globe hopping missionary clowns for in-laws. Lucky!

LOL!

Lisa said...

Holy cow. Who thought making a barbie that's stick thin would be a good idea? Gah!

shauna said...

Wow. Unbelievable. They should call it the Anorexic Barbie. I don't want to imagine the board room and the pitch that went with those dolls.

Rachel said...

Wow. Those are scary thin dolls. I was never allowed Barbies growing up and I don't buy them for my daughter. She just got her first one (Island Princess) for her 4th birthday last week. I'm okay with it. But she's built like me. Strong, tough and athletic. By no means modelish or waifish. I want her to grow up with a healthy sense of herself. Those are absurd. Cripes.
Thanks for the heads up!

blue said...

Yep, you're spot on.

Anonymous said...

I love the doll. It's not pro-anorexia. If you've ever lived in Dallas or been a fan of the Cowboys Cheerleaders, you'd understand much better what they're about. They don't starve themselves, but are athletic and healthy. They are surely thin, but in a good way. With obesity being worse in the United States than any other country, being pro-healthy lifestyle is a good thing. I'm pretty sure being obese is killing more people than anorexia...

Tracee said...

You and I have very different ideas of what "pro-healthy lifestyle" is. These dolls do not qualify.

You're right - I'm not much of fan of those cheerleaders either.

Are these are choices now? Pro-obese or pro-anorexia?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies


I admit I vacillate like crazy on the issue of allowing Ainsley to have Barbies. It's a grey area for me. I allowed Barbie for a while, then when I found a decapitated and limbless Barbie massacre on Ainsley's bed I silently cheered for joy and vowed not to replace her.

Some people give me crap about it and think I'm being too extreme. I admit, I've been thinking What's the harm in letter her play with those dolls, really?

Then the universe sends me a message to remind me.

First, I was flipping channels and came across Say Yes To The Dress. A wedding dress consultant asks a full grown woman, what do you want to look like on your wedding day?

Like Barbie, the woman says. She wasn't kidding. Click this link to see her say it.

Then my Barbie-defending friend, Violet, sends me this Cheerleader Barbie Inspires Young Girls.

Could those cheerleaders be any more Pro-ana ? Mattel is calling this their model muse body. It makes me want to be sick - but not to lose weight, just to express disgust.

Seriously, what message do these Barbies have for your daughter? You will never measure up unless you quit eating altogether and have a rib or two removed.

Give Barbies for Christmas if you must, but Ainsley's getting the "chubby" knockoffs.

More Barbie Blogs
How Come Zack Gets A Barbi?
Barbi For President
Bob vs. Barbi
Friends With Barbies

11 comments:

Violet said...

Jinx - I wrote about the same thing today!

jen said...

Barf, that is discusting. How can Matel be down with that doll?

Belinda said...

My grandmother left me these beautifull china and baby dolls - much better than Barbie

i collect dolls today.

Tracee said...

That's lovely Belinda. Ainsley has a doll collection from all the countries her Nana has been to. She cherishes them (I wish I was more strict about playing with them - sometimes they break.)

jen said...

Aww, that is so neat Tracee. *Sigh* I wish I had globe hopping missionary clowns for in-laws. Lucky!

LOL!

Lisa said...

Holy cow. Who thought making a barbie that's stick thin would be a good idea? Gah!

shauna said...

Wow. Unbelievable. They should call it the Anorexic Barbie. I don't want to imagine the board room and the pitch that went with those dolls.

Rachel said...

Wow. Those are scary thin dolls. I was never allowed Barbies growing up and I don't buy them for my daughter. She just got her first one (Island Princess) for her 4th birthday last week. I'm okay with it. But she's built like me. Strong, tough and athletic. By no means modelish or waifish. I want her to grow up with a healthy sense of herself. Those are absurd. Cripes.
Thanks for the heads up!

blue said...

Yep, you're spot on.

Anonymous said...

I love the doll. It's not pro-anorexia. If you've ever lived in Dallas or been a fan of the Cowboys Cheerleaders, you'd understand much better what they're about. They don't starve themselves, but are athletic and healthy. They are surely thin, but in a good way. With obesity being worse in the United States than any other country, being pro-healthy lifestyle is a good thing. I'm pretty sure being obese is killing more people than anorexia...

Tracee said...

You and I have very different ideas of what "pro-healthy lifestyle" is. These dolls do not qualify.

You're right - I'm not much of fan of those cheerleaders either.

Are these are choices now? Pro-obese or pro-anorexia?