So, I’ve seen a couple of articles lately talking about Barbie and how her doll-figure may influence young girls body image.
I’m just going to come right out and say this…
I think it’s a load of crap.
I’m all about promoting positive body image. I think it’s very important for girls AND boys… but to bash a plastic doll for possibly playing a role in little girls view of their bodies as they grow up? It is just far-fetched to me. I LOVED Barbie as a kid. I had a slew of them. Never, ever do I remember thinking I wanted to look like her.
Ever, ever, everrrrr.
Honestly, I paid more attention to her furniture than I did her figure. (Interior design nerd, maybe?)
There is no way a doll can influence much of anything, in my opinion. It is a non-living thing – a toy.
What a child is going to be influenced by is how YOU, the parent, act about body image. Do you count calories and diet in front of them? Do you complain about your looks in front of them? Do you talk about losing weight in front of them? Do you say you wish you looked a different way or do you praise certain body figures in front of them? THIS is where they will learn about body image.
Kids remember what you do, not what you say.
Lead by example. (We all slip though – it’s cool. Knowing you are responsible for raising the future, I think parents have to take a long look in the mirror. I know I do… lots of times. Kids make you want to be better, do better.)
Granted as kids go to school and are exposed to other situations and kids who are raised differently (sometimes not raised at all), things will come up. I mean, one of the biggest tasks as a parent is to constantly communicate openly with your kid. I think you have to remember that for a long time, you are the role model. You set the tone for your home and your kids will remember things you do even if you are unaware. So instead of putting the blame and responsibility on Barbie’s shoulders, maybe parents should take a step back and evaluate their own actions and how they SHOW their kids how to view their bodies.
(Barbie’s dimensions aren’t even anatomically possible anyway. She would look like an alien.)
What do you think? Do you think Barbie bashing is valid or ridiculous?