Barbie dolls...

Jan 4, 2012

Chris and I had a conversation last night that stuck with me through sleep and pushed its way into my morning.  Barbie dolls for little girls? Yes or no?

Chris argues that Barbie dolls skew a little girls sense of feminism and beauty?  That he would rather her learn these things from the women around her and not from a "perfect" version of woman in the form of a playful doll.  (Also keep in mind Chris holds a very strong aversion to branding, especially to children. Barbie could be argued to be one of the largest and most long lasting marketed toy products...this is where I think his argument begins, although he hasn't admitted it).

I argue that Barbie is nothing more than a doll.  A beautiful women yes, but also a opening to a world of imagination and creativity.  My memories of Barbie consist of changing clothes, cutting hair and attending tea parties. I have nothing but fond memories of my sister and I playing hair salon, washing and styling Barbie for hours.  I collected Barbie dolls and my mom still has her Barbie dolls from when she was a girl.  They are a staple in any little girls collection of toys and I was so surprised to hear Chris say that he had actually formed an opinion about Scarlett owning one.  I will admit I have never thought in depth about the subject nor thought about how owning a Barbie might effect Scarlett's view of women, or beauty...but I will say this, I do not want to deprive Scarlett of the quiet moments spent planning the perfect outfit for Barbies first date with Ken.

Any thoughts?  We would love to hear them...

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