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  •  the article compares Barbie to an (4+ / 0-)

    average American woman. Why is that the apt comparison? Barbie's body is unrealistic to be sure, but the right comparison would have been versus a real woman who has an above-average body. That a child would want to play with a doll who is above average in terms of physical attractiveness is understandable. Plus-size Barbie just would not sell like impossible model Barbie. Mattel likely understands what sells after all these years.

    •  I had a Tammy doll and a Barbie (0+ / 0-)

      Compared to Barbie the Tammy doll was positively obese.  But Tammy was a lot closer to reality.

    •  Doc, the comparison is apt because (0+ / 0-)

      the girls who play with Barbie dolls grow up, on average, to be average-sized women.  The gap between their childhood doll's body proportions, and their own later as teenager/young woman, is worth noting.  That's more the point, re: this particular article.

      •  Yeah but who wants to play with a doll (1+ / 0-)
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        just because she has your future proportions? That is a false assumption IMO. There are lots of different dolls available at my local Toys R Us. Every girl has got a choice of not only different shades of Barbie, but dozens of other dolls of varying proportions. Barbie seems to be the most popular though, generation after generation. But it is not the only doll out there. The American Girl dolls look more like normal-proportioned people, for what it's worth, and they have quite a following as well. Maybe there will be a Hannah Horvath doll soon, and she'll outsell Barbie, and this whole controversy will die. But I doubt it.

        •  That's true, there is much more (0+ / 0-)

          variation in the doll world today, yet Barbie remains a favorite. I've always been on the fence, Barbie-wise- didn't really like them but when my tomboy daughter wanted them, I didn't resist. Her Barbies ran around saving people from myriad disasters.
          Barbie is hardly single-handedly responsible for women having body image issues- women used to voluntarily strap themselves into corsets and other instruments of torture to get that wasp-like waist look. Go figure.

          •  I think the corset pre-dated (1+ / 0-)
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            Barbie by a century or two, so I am skeptical that she is "single-handedly" responsible for much of anything. I played with GI Joe but I don't recall ever thinking or ever hearing a friend express the sentiment that we should grow up to look exactly like him, or have a Kung Fu grip. These are 8 inch tall dolls, so while their proportions may be deemed attractive their absolute height is not. In a society in which tall is generally viewed as good, I don't really see how these tiny figures are anything close to ideal.

            •  I pretty much agree- I think kids are smart, (1+ / 0-)
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              and see dolls as something other than human. I think they're more likely to look to real people, especially celebrities, for "ideal" image models.
              Which could get confusing- when Marilyn Monroe was the ideal, I thought I was too slender. Then it was Twiggy and I thought I was too curvy. As someone said above, no wonder we're nuts.

    •  Any woman has room... (0+ / 0-)

      ...for a whole liver.

      What would Mothra do?

      by dov12348 on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:22:07 AM PDT

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      •  Well, we all need a liver, even (0+ / 0-)

        beautiful women. But you do not need a large intestine, not even an inch of one. Or a spleen. If you want a tiny wait there are plenty of organs that can be sacrificed.

        •  I don't think that option would... (1+ / 0-)
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 entering a child's mind.

          What would Mothra do?

          by dov12348 on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:43:02 AM PDT

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        •  My baby sister had (1+ / 0-)
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          a 17" waist when she married. Big bazoombas too (the other sisters and I were quite put-out that she got the entire family's allotment) too. Then she had three children, no longer looks much like Barbie.

          Honestly, if neither Victorian age whalebone lace-up corsets nor 10 pound babies require removal of organs and intestines, claiming human women can't do either without surgery is just silly. Besides, if surgery were required for that waspish waist, it would probably be ribs that need to go...

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