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Dear Poll: Would it Be All That Bad if Barbie Were To Become Obsolete?

I grew up playing with Barbie dolls — I thought they were the most beautiful women I'd ever seen. But now that I'm an adult, I see why there's so much controversy surrounding her and how — when it comes to beauty and the idea of perfection — she could be viewed as a poor role model for young women.

According to Portfolio, Barbie may actually become obsolete. Mattel's first-quarter results came out yesterday and the Barbie brand has slid 12 percent in the US in the first quarter. Some of the suspected reasons for this decline is stiff competition and Barbie's absence on the Internet, especially when compared to other toys like Bratz and everything surrounding Hannah Montana. Whatever the reason, I have to ask you this: Would it really be all that bad if Barbie were to become obsolete?

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animerox555 animerox555 9 years
i,d rather little girls playing with barbies than thoes little brat dolls ANY day.if barbie wasnt around anymore it would be really strange.shes a toy where you can use your emagination and just have fun!.
thegiraffe thegiraffe 9 years
GlowingMoon: but they're not called Barbie, right? i.e. they'd be called Kira etc. The one actually called Barbie is blonde & blue-eyed. I've seen the Asian ones too and I think they're really cute.
crackaddict crackaddict 9 years
Well I had a barbie in fact I had several and lets just say i dont really resemble a typical barbie girl!! I think people forget, when youre young you dont view things the same as you do when you get older. I was EXCITED to play with barbie but as far as a role model? i dont think kids choose their role models i think their parents play a much stronger part in that. so no dont get rid of barbie i love her
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
Ohpishfuckinshaw.... COME ON What kind of messed up society do we live in now a days? Aren't all dolls unrealistic? I don't recall feeling shock and horror when I realized that real babies aren't made from cloth bodies, plastic heads and yarn hair.. Nor do I remember thinking gee dude why am I not a bean pole with giant tatas... I never once remember me or any of my friends having conversation about barbie's body.. Well..Other then giggling over the fact that her vagina is plastic.. and ken has just a hint of a bulge I think that this Hanna Montana slut bomb waiting to go off..And how the hell can you compare BRATZ dolls with barbie? That's like comparing a heroin addicted prostitute with a successful business woman.. And if people would rather get rid of BARBIE then the other shitastically awful toys that we have on the market I have officially lost hope for the kids that people are raising They're all going to be PC snobs who have no concept of reality because their parents won't discipline them and society coddles them...Let your kids get dirty, stop using antibacterial gel it's not good..and let your kids use their imagination with positive role models who make be a stick with boobs but atleast she's had a job that wasn't spreading her legs or the baseball team like bratz dolls do
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
I think it'd be horrible if Barbie was obsolete. My mom made sure that my sister and I knew that real women didn't look like Barbie. I think we'd decided that the breasts on Barbie were to make sure that her strapless dresses stayed on straight (case in point, when we made clothes for my mom's old barbies, they clothes always spun around). Through Barbie, I was exposed to all sorts of professions- doctor, astronaut, singer, veterenarian... there's nothing wrong with that. Plus, look at what the Bratz dolls are offering - a line of tarted up teenagers. But most importantly? If you lose Barbie, you lose out on a blank slate for imagination. She's just a doll, but you could always buy clothes and accessories to make her into who you wanted her to be - which as a kid is usually who you want to be.
Beastiegirl5 Beastiegirl5 9 years
I'm torn on this. I had a bunch of Barbies, and I liked playing with them, but I always liked my Barbie to be the journalist or something more than the bride. But as a child of the 80's, I really liked my Jem dolls. Yes, they had crazy hair and stuff, but even at 8 years old I liked that they had more realistic bodies and the main character owned her own business (Starlight Music- like I said, I LOVED these dolls and that show). Plus, you could really get into playing with that stuff! Do I care if Barbie dies out? Sort of- I mean, I have warm fuzzy memories, but there's nothing terribly empowering about her. Who do I have the memories of- her, or pink-haired Jem? Come on Mattel- get with the game.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I played with Barbies growing up, and I loved it. Right now, I have a nice collection of Asian Barbies (Barbie's Asian friend Kira, Asian Dolls of the World, Special Edition Doll from Bob Mackie, etc.). Some of these Asian dolls are vintage. Barbie dolls are ethnic, not just blonde and blue-eyed. And yes, I'm Asian. Truthfully, I would be dismayed if Barbie became obsolete. I think Barbie is a classy, positive figure. She is ethnic, and she represents many careers, hobbies, and fantasies (princess, fairy, bride, etc.). And she is attractive and fashionable. What is there not to like? :)
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
pink_elephant, I hope you were joking...after all, I remember looking for those Bratz dolls for my little cousin, and seeing that they had their "after prom" party pack, which included mini skirts, stilettos, belly tops, and a limo all for the after prom hotel party (as read on the package). Now why are we teaching little girls to go to prom "after parties"? We all know what really goes on at those parties...
emalove emalove 9 years
Aw, I grew up playing with Barbie all the would be kind of weird if they stopped making them.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I'd prefer Barbie over those hideous Bratz and Hannah Montana ANY day. :P
pink-elephant pink-elephant 9 years
Replacing Barbie with Bratz? there's a much better role model!
meetmeherelater meetmeherelater 9 years
i think barbie should stick around. through the years they gave barbie careers and different personalities which i find have given some young girls ideas of what to become instead of only looking at the people closest to them. those bratz dolls are some of the most repulsive things i have ever had to look at. have you SEEN the amount of makeup they have and the terrible clothing they wear? One doll will not shape a childs mind. its the environment they are in that will. when i was young i never looked at my dolls and thought i needed bigger boobs or a smaller waste. thoughts like that appeared a lot later in life, long after i was done playing with the dolls. i am absolutely not putting down magazines and models and such but the media and entertainment business has much more body image repercussions that a doll will ever have.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'd make sure my girls knew that Barbie isn't realistic looking and let them play with them anyway.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I agree with everyone who said that Barbie is still much better than those Bratz dolls. My children will not play with Bratz dolls. They are just wrong.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
Barbie is so much better than those Bratz dolls. When I have a daughter she will NEVER have those dolls. They're dolls that look like little slutty whores... even chollas maybe. As for Barbie, she has always been an icon of beauty what is so wrong with that? Her proportions are little off because you have to be able hold the doll. Barbie also has always been a role model in sense of showing all the different jobs a girl could have, doctor, nurse, teacher, vet, etc. I really just don't understand all the hate for this doll.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I don't really have any pro or con feelings about Barbie, so I would be neutral about her becoming obsolete. EXCEPT that the reason she is becoming obsolete is that she's being replaced by things with much bigger problems than any problem people have with Barbie.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Ugh, I always hated Barbies, even when I was little. I wouldn't be sad to see them go. Of course, I'm biased. I was the nerdy little girl who asked for a telescope every year since I was 7, and always got Barbie dolls instead. So I'm bitter! LOL
remedios remedios 9 years
I don't have kids, but are Bratz those whores in training dolls? If so, I'd run fast away from them and would not want my kids to learn how to dress from them.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I like Barbie! She is just a doll, and plus I think the BRATZ or whatever those gross things are are WAY worse.
Bearwoman Bearwoman 9 years
It's comments to posts like this that make me want to leave this network. OK, she's just a doll, but for fucks sake, wouldn't this world just be a slightly better place without "her"?
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
NO...but not because she's a bad role model...I mean how stupid can you be when you think all women should look like that...thank goodness I knew she was just a doll... if Barbie becomes obsolete is because she's boring....yeah...BORING...she way behind with the times!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Barbie is considered a role model? She's just a doll!
adrianyta adrianyta 9 years
i dont know... yes its true barbie gives that fake idea of perfection .. thats why shes been modified a cuple of times.. but at the end, all of us want to be like her, a woman who is independent who can be wathever she wants to be.. and i think thats better for the little girls instead of looking some of young hollywood like lindsay lohan.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
My dolls were never my role models. I was too young at the time to even consider the fact that Barbie was unrealistically proportioned. I was only concerned about what outfits Barbie and her friends should wear to the ball, and then to the beach moments later. It was all in good, innocent fun. I don't think it had any negative impact on me, unlike the airbrushed models and manufactured women mentioned above. And there's the fact that kids these days are much more exposed to these images (I didn't have the internet that young). Implants and injections seem to be more and more commonplace and acceptable means of achieving the media's unattainable interpretation of beauty. Barbie is a non issue.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
(sigh) how about we let plastic dolls be the toys they were meant to be and focus on getting the media to stop air brushing REAL live breathing women in a way that makes other real life breathing women feel like they aren't good enough. and maybe get a grip on things like fake boobs, fake tans, fake teeth, fake hair, etc. and let REAL women look like real women. personally i've never been bothered by barbie. i have been bothered by the fake boobs exposed on the cover of magazines when i'm in the checkout line with my kids.
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