A few days ago there was this article in Time Magazine online about controversy over the new Barbie Doll being released in the States, there is apparently concern about her being too ‘busty’. I’ve seen a picture of busty B and she’s wearing this chic looking suit with no shirt underneath and while there’s some action on top it’s not like she’s wearing little dangly Barbie nipple rings or anything. She actually looks really hot and chic! But the ‘bad role model’ proposition is being pumped out again about how Barbie portrays unrealistic body images, puts pressure on young girls…
Maybe not or maybe so, but Barbie is a doll. Her ‘role’ is therefore to be…a doll. The ‘role’ of empowering a child to have self-respect and positive self-image is ultimately the central responsibility of the parents. This role should not be delegated to Barbie – she is too busy choosing her accessories and putting out for Ken.
Many years ago Bert and Ernie copped crap from some other groups for being ‘gay’, presumably because they were 2 guys who shared a bedroom. Bert and Ernie are puppets, they don’t even have genitals to do anything exciting that we can do whether straight or gay. And the homophobes fucked up their theory anyway because if they had paid attention they would have known that Bert and Ernie actually slept on their own single beds separated by a chest of draws. So I’d say they were just good friends. In Australia we had a kid’s show with a life-sized puppet called Humphrey Bear. There were talks about taking him off air because while he wore a tie and waist coat, he didn’t have on any pants. Were any big bear balls hanging out? No. So what the fuck?
In many cases, the net result of a well-rounded adult has its roots in places beyond a plastic doll. I’ve never been a parent but I have been somebody’s child and it’s with these somebodys that my self-image ultimately leads back to. Anyway, if Barbie is meant to be a role model they best be putting out some more multi-cultural versions, otherwise young girls will be yearning for a blonde weave and new eyeballs in addition to the breast job.