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Do You Let Your Daughter Play With Barbie?

Invented by Ruth Handler and named for her own daughter, Barbara back in 1959, the Barbie doll has become an American icon. Today is the anniversary of the day the buxom plastic dolls with their eye catching and impossible curves hit the shelves.

While the mass produced boxed lil darlings have become collectors items, many modern moms feel they give growing girls the wrong message with their unattainable, svelte dimensions. If Barbie were lifelike, she would measure 36-18-38.

How do you feel about Mattel's manufactured masterpiece?

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elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
I'm sorry, it's "ONLY Hearts Club".
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
My girls don't play with barbie or bratz dolls. They have the Lonely Hearts Club dolls that are like barbie or bratz, but preteen girls with regular little girl bodies. That's what my girls are in to. There's enough pressure in our society to look a certain way. I'm certainly not bringing it into the playroom.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Barbies are fine - bratz are bad. I played with barbies, they were fun and I never thought about the difference in her body and mine, she was an adult.
Lilavati Lilavati 9 years
http://gossip-style.blogspot.com/2008/02/fornarina.html - now these are pictures that make me feel fat and ugly, because the model is a real person (so why can't I look like that, right?). But you can't stop your kid from seeing these. Much more important than the doll choice is giving your daugter confidence and self-esteem, telling her she's pretty, and so on.
peepshow peepshow 9 years
I'd let my little girl play with them!! Just like I'll let her watch TV, and read the internet, and magazines- which allegedly cause poor body image. Because, remember, Britney was a good role model for little girls.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
lol, I would like to take credit for it, but I can't. I've never forgotten it tho! Thank goodness I had boys! :)
loveallstar loveallstar 9 years
lol jinx that was pretty clever. I just remember my boyfriend was against his neices playing with the bratz dolls, lol.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I was going to mention the Bratz too. I would have a harder time allowing a daughter to play with those. Bratz = prostitots. :)
loveallstar loveallstar 9 years
well they did change barbie's body a few years ago, the barbie that is currently in stores has bigger hips,waist and smaller bust.The bratz dolls to me are worse they look like porn stars( but the kid's love them so Id never say that in public)
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I played with Barbies, I had alot, I got all my sisters hand me downs as well as my own. I turned out okay. :innocent:
macneil macneil 9 years
I didn't play with Barbies, just wasn't interested. I had a big brother, so I liked lego and cars and when I was being girlier I liked soft animals and toy food. Boy, did I like toy food. I have okay self-esteem, I fancy myself quite a bit and if I don't it's for very good reasons. I like Barbies a lot more now because I love clothes. So I'd be okay with my daughter liking them, but the PINK aspect is a lot more horrendous to me than the body shape.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sure, if she wants to. We could play Barbies together, as I still have my Barbie collection. :) I played with Barbies, and I turned out fine.
michellelane24 michellelane24 9 years
My daughter will be allowed to play with Barbie, but not Bratz dolls...it is just my own personal opinion, though...
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I have terrible self esteem, and I played with Barbies, but I don't know that they are connected. I think you could play with them and turn out fine if you had very loving, supportive parents who instilled confidence in you and made you realize you look fine the way you are!
Lilavati Lilavati 9 years
My parents used to forbid me, but I could play with Skipper and the other more humanly-shaped. I still played with Barbies and friends' places. I just throught the Barbies were strangely shaped. No real person looked like that. The big disproportion between the waist and the hips was stupid to me, because pants were hard to put on and never fitted well. Same for the feet - shoes were hard to put on. The message for girls has nothing to do with it. Everyone knows it's just a plastic doll. However, when jeans are called "rich and skinny" - ekhem! So, I'd love Barbie to get more human, but only for practical reasons. On the other hand, I think she's so out of proportions, that no real person tries to be like that. I definitely wouldn't blame Barbie for anything.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
my girls have lots of dolls including barbie and bratz. the bratz clothes are just costumes, they have american girls dolls that look like they are from the 1800's and race car driver outfits for barbie. the bratz tv shows that i have seen are cartoon, over the top just like all cartoons. my 6 year old was a bratz cheerleader for halloween. it's "play". the bratz dolls wear fishnet stalkings and have huge heads, they are just pretend. if you go to stores like "limited too" and see the real clothing fro real 6 year olds there are some shockers there, lol. that is not okay with me, the pretend stuff is fine.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Oh yeah Bratz dolls are horrible. I can't believe that parents are willing to buy their kids that but complain about Barbie :oy:
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I played with Barbie and I dont have any body issues. My only issue was that Barbie had blonde hair. I had blonde hair that I didnt like and I didnt like Barbie's hair so I always played with Theresa since she was the brunette
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I think Barbie's good points outweigh her bad points. She could definitely be more realistic looking, but she is wonderful about representing all kinds of ethnicities and cultures and careers. Barbie strives to point out that you can be anything you want to be. And of course, you can decide which clothing is allowed, and which specific Barbie is allowed (I prefer the ones without the clown makeup lol). As the mother of a six year old girl, I am much more concerned with talking to my little girl about the things she sees real people doing or wearing, and I talk to her about it almost daily. I agree about the Bratz dolls though. Those things are downright disgusting. I am not a prude by *any* stretch of the imagination, but I have seen more appropriate toys for kids in adult stores.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I was just thinking about that today. I don't have a daughter yet, she will be born in June. But I was looking at toys today and I thought about whether I would or not. I don't think I would say no, but I don't know if I would be buying her only Barbies. I just realized today that they look a lot like the "bimbos" I see on reality TV shows and I don't know if I would want my child looking at those women and admiring them because they look like Barbies... silly, I know. I will probably adjust to my child's needs as she grows. Not everything needs to be over analyzed.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
I played w/ Barbie all the time when I was little and I turned out just fine.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
As a little girl I coudl never understand why barbie's feet were perpetually ready for heel. I got a cool barbie track suit for one birthday that came with gym shoes....what a waste.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I have no problem with Barbie. My two year old already has a couple, but I think she just likes looking at the clothes. I do however have a massive problem with Bratz. Frankly, I'd much rather my daughter play with an unrealistically proportioned doll than one that is dressed and made up to look like a teenage hooker.
Oxymoron1 Oxymoron1 9 years
I played with it and I suffered from an ED, but it hadn´t anything to do with Barbie, so, yes, let's play with Barbie!
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