Barbie dolls would be banned in West Virginia, if a Democratic state legislator name Jeff Eldridge has his way. Actually, Eldridge wants to ban the sale of all dollars that “promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.”
Selling ugly dolls would be OK.
Kids need to know that “beauty from the inside” is just as important as outer beauty, Eldridge said.
Well, yes, but how does he know Barbie isn’t smart? Barbie, who turns 50 on March 9, has succeeded in many careers, including teacher, doctor, dentist, nurse, vet, Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force officer, flight attendant, pilot, astronaut, business executive, paleontologist, cowgirl, See’s Candy cashier, world peace ambassador and president of the U.S.
Update: On the other hand, there’s Totally Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie, who “comes with a set of body art stickers to be placed anywhere on her body” and a pseudo-tattoo gun that lets kids stamp (washable) designs on themselves. Einstein Barbie will have to wait.