I was alerted to the splendid ranting of "Barbie doesn't suck" by Sassy, who in turn found out about the site from "backwash" ("the internet organized by personality", a great site). What can I add to this?
Hello? It’s a fucking doll! And if my parenting skills cannot outdo the slightly negative self-image that comes from wishing to be model-perfect with tits big enough to drag you down…then what kind of a mother am I? And is withholding a doll really going to protect my child from this viewpoint society is both victim of and party to?
I had Barbie shit when I was a little girl. I don’t think it hurt me any…I would hate my lopsided breasts no less then I do now if I had not played pretend with my perfect plastic family. I don’t think I look at my mother with scorn because she drives a truck…something Barbie would/could never do. I don’t feel guilt over my divorces because Barbie made me think that Ken (yes, actually) and I were supposed to live happily ever after.
The anti-Barbie movement is silliness and crap. An excuse for bad parenting. Blame the doll! Blame Mattel!
“Math is hard,” she said. And femi-Nazi mothers everywhere lost it. Oh no…it will teach my daughter that math is hard. It will teach my slowly blossoming Noble Peace Prize winner that math is to be avoided! Gasp! Guess what? News flash! Math IS hard. Math DOES suck. Barbie didn’t teach me that. I just know.