Little Things- Dolls have always garnered much controversy. Their curvy, idealized bodies, overt makeup, and even skin tone can greatly affect the way young girls perceive themselves.
With such high expectations projected onto our daughters, how are they supposed to feel when they look in the mirror?
If dolls represent “pretty” but don’t represent or resemble the girls who play with them, what are they to believe about themselves?
Moms around the world often struggle with this predicament. They want their daughters to have awesome toys, but they certainly don’t want them to have self-esteem issues.
How do you provide a little girl with this traditional and sentimental gift without the potential of harming her sense of self?
I am not sitting here and saying that Barbie's, or any other dolls for that matter, somehow depict the ideal image of what a woman should, or shouldn't look like. I am simply here asking a question. What age does it become socially unacceptable for a girl to continue to play with dolls? If i were to guess I would say that the number of years of overlap between a young girl playing with dolls and that same girl worrying about her body image is absolute zero. Let's put it this way. If you are old enough to be concerning yourself with the ideal female body and you are still playing with little plastic humans you probably have some other issues to work out before you worry about the shape of your doll's eyes. For instance, maybe finding an actual hobby, or maybe a friend or two.
Are we expecting, or even acknowledging the possibility, that a 6-7 year old girl could be influenced by the looks of a doll that she won't even remember existed by the time she loses her virginity? That would be like expecting me to worry about the biological impossibilities of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I flung their likenesses around my playroom. Should we cancel all animated cartoons because kids might think they have some barring on reality? Let's cancel 'Barney' or kids might think that 'Jurassic Park' is a documentary. Get rid of Dora The Exploiter before children realize she is a border jumping bitch!
I don't know who is dumber, children or this woman for thinking she's making a difference in their lives? Get back to your bin, Looney. You're a grown woman playing with dolls, time for a reality check. Kids have the attention span of goldfish. I remember like two things from my childhood and neither are the aesthetics of my toys. I get the principle. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. You don't need perky tits, a freshly shaven box, a plastic face, or an entire L'Oreal giftbag of makeup to achieve that. However, in some cases those things might help, because if everyone is beautiful doesn't that really mean that no one is beautiful?
P.S. This lullaby of a picture certainly isn't going to help me get any sleep tonight.