Don’t hate Barbie because she’s beautiful

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.

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  1. Eric Jablow says:

    She also whines about math classes.

  2. It’s nice to know we’ve solved ALL the other problems this country faces, so now we can take this on…

    oh, wait.

  3. “She also whines about math classes.”

    So would I if I had “discovery” math all along and then found myself being expected to do precalculus level work once I hit high school (“How do I represent pi with manipulatives?”).

  4. It’s too bad kids in W. Virginia don’t have parents to make these decisions. Oh wait…

  5. Are you sure that story wasn’t from The Onion?

  6. You do know about the new Tattoo Barbie too, right? Maybe they could get rid of the Bratz dolls while they’re at it.

  7. West Virginia is the 2nd fattest state in the nation, with 68% of its residents overweight and 30.6% obese. So maybe they’re just jealous of Barbie’s svelte physique…

  8. SuperSub says:

    As far as I know, the Bratz dolls were discontinued because Mattel successfully argued in court that the Bratz doll designer came up with the dolls while working for Mattel – hence Mattel legally owned the Bratz dolls.

    This is just another example of “let’s blame my bad parenting on someone else!”

  9. How do you outlaw the sale of a product that’s not dangerous, illegal or defective? Compared to some girls, Barbie might be considered ugly.
    Is he going to outlaw makeup, fashion magazines and push-up bras?

  10. KateC..well, things like makeup were once considered as a form of witchcraft, which could get you burned at the stake. Not sure if they’d invented push-up bras yet then, but should probably fall into the same category.

  11. If they’re gonna ban Barbie, what about banning celebutantes? They seem a lot more toxic to the culture to me.

    Then again, that’s the problem with banning – once you start, you can’t stop.

  12. If true, more totalitarian nonsense from our ruling class.

  13. When a Barbie doll said “math class is hard”, I thought about it for a while and decided it ought to be interpreted as “Math class is hard, but I can handle it”. Apparently a lot of other people thought it ought to be interpreted as “Math class is hard. I can’t handle it”. Why should we be drawn to one interpretation over the other?

    I do not wish to make light of concerns about sending unhealthy messages to young girls, or young boys, or big kids, or old people, or anyone else. Some of those types of concerns do merit our attention. But trying to ban something is really over the top. Girls are interested in beauty. That doesn’t make them stupid. Not studying their math, English, history, and science is what would make them stupid. But the last I heard girls in general are doing okay academically, at least as good as boys, for what that’s worth.

    Let’s leave these issues to parents. The state doesn’t have a very good record in this sort of thing.

  14. I don’t advocate the purchase of Barbies being banned. That said, there are better and more positive toys to be purchased.