Barbie, harsh truth…you look fat, hon.

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I have many people in my life mating with their spouses and subsequently producing children which means I am in Babies ‘R’ Us more than my fair share. And sometimes whilst walking through the aisles of cute baby clothes my uterus smugly points out I had better “get on it” and make a person small enough to wear these clothes soon because “time is a-tickin’” (my smug uterus sometimes has a folksy way about her). Most of the time I’m on board with my smug uterus while picking through the plethora of tutus, leopard print onesies and baby overalls. But then I see clothing like this and feel as if I can justly tell my smug uterus to “shut it”.  Image

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I’m not sure if I’m okay with my future girl in something like this. It’s stupid at best and insulting to the whole female gender at worst. “Born to Shop”? Really? What does that even mean? Like this small (girl) person was put on this earth solely to shop? Is it that this tiny (girl) human was placed into existence to keep commerce afloat? Doubtful. And why are the soccer outfit and cop uniform (a commendable profession) boy clothes, instead of something equally insulting like “Born to lazily play video games” (Is that equally insulting)?

By now I’m sure you’ve rolled your eyes at this screen several times and thought “Okay judgey, I think you’ve gone too far. Get a hobby and chill out about the whole gender clothes thingy. If you don’t like it don’t buy it.” Fair point. Maybe I am going to far. I thought the same thing of the “critics” of the new gender specific Lego people.

http://now.msn.com/lego-friends-playsets-for-girls-face-criticism

I have no problem with gender specific clothes or toys when it doesn’t seem like they are trying to send an unfair message. And with the Lego figures I don’t think that they are sending an unfair message about girls and boys. Girls and boys are going to inherently like different things, so they should have different toys. That being said who cares if girls like monster trucks and He-Man figures (does he still exist?) and boys play with Easy-Bake ovens and Bratz dolls? So these are Legos that little girls might like because they are being represented as little girls. Sounds good. And they (at least in the picture) seem to have a dog grooming shop. So they are small business owners. Even better.

And even I think that it’s a stretch to say that because their arms and legs don’t move this is a representation of how we see women.

But what about the girl toys that aren’t so kind to girls (or boys). Of course I can’t write about gendered toys not being realistic representations for kids without mentioning the Queen of ill proportions, Barbie. And then I saw this.

http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/barbie-gets-another-real-makeover-slideshow/#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fbarbie-gets-another-real-makeover-slideshow%252F-photo-2651179-170100623.html

Poor Barbie. Always being picked on and scrutinized for her body. But I have to admit, and I hate myself for it, when I looked at the “realistic” Barbie, I thought she looked bloated. But that’s because she was placed right near “regular” Barbie. And I guess therein lies the problem. I don’t know if there are studies showing the ill effects Barbie type dolls have on children, I’m too lazy to look it up, but it seems like it starts early with dolls, then moves into television shows, movies and magazines and so on and so on and there is no chance for kids to admire “normal” body types and feel good about not being seven foot tall with a 22 inch waist and 34 inch bust. (Yikes).

Perhaps I am going over board. I guess unless I “chill out”, as I imagined you, the reader, said to me earlier, I will have to dress my children in pillowcases and make them play with sacks of flour. I guess that’s not the worst thing in the world. It seems to work fine for the Amish.

(Luckily, the Amish are an easy target because they shant ever read this blog. Phew)

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4 Responses to Barbie, harsh truth…you look fat, hon.

  1. David M. Green says:

    Re: “Born to Shop”? Really? What does that even mean?
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    It means exactly what it says. Unlike the vast majority of feminists retailers know for a fact that its mostly women who spend money when it comes to shopping for themselves and their families. Which is exactly why the vast majority of tv shows and commercials are geared towards women and tend to insult men.

    • Agreed. I think that television and commercials do make men look stupid and I absolutely think that is wrong. It’s not good for men or women to see that. However, I don’t agree that just because women shop more than men that they were “Born to shop”. Thanks for the comment.

      • David M. Green says:

        LOL Biology is destiny! Women are nesters and just like animals line their nests with items to make it more comfy, cozy and homy – which is expressed by today’s modern day woman by shopping – and makes the slogan: Born To Shop so accurate in regards to the feminine gender. 🙂

  2. hazel10141 says:

    So, David M Green, using that analogy, the image of the caveman dragging the woman by the hair is also biological destiny, and is an accurate depiction of the aggression demonstrated by the masculine gender. So, in essence, we shop and you beat the crap out of us! So, what part of that are you insulted by?

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