Toy review from pregnant mother, Elizabeth Kate.
Toy maker extraordinaire MATTEL is shocking even the most this year: they’ve released 3 alternative sizes for the world’s best selling doll, Barbie.
It’s 2016 – this means words such as feminism and fat chicks are not scary terms anymore; in fact, they are pretty much trendy, at least among doughy internet users. The 57-year-old company announced this release in an attempt to “catch up with the times.”
Barbie dolls now come in three new sizes: short, fat and Shaq-height tall.
What does this mean for us, motherly consumers?
I overheard my nine-year-old daughter, Hayden Kate, say, “My News Year’s resolution was to play outside and go to the gym more, but now, who cares.”
This perfectly sums it up: Barbie is teaching our kids it’s okay to be fat, contributing to America’s obesity problem and sacrificing our children’s opportunity to be hot.
As Hayden mentioned, 2016 is filled with positive, normal beauty influences. Thank God most American media continues to push tall, platinum blonde, ebola-skinny, large breasts and petite builds into the minds of young kids, like my angel Hayden. Barbie is attempting to shatter this time-honored mold, and replace it with a much more “realistic” depiction of the future.
I say screw realism. My daughter, even as a nine-year-old, should strive to be rich white men’s vision of female beauty. Does Barbie want to tell her she can’t be that? I thought Barbie was about empowering girls.
“Hello, I’m a fat person, fat, fat, fat.” I heard Hayden give her new “curvy” Barbie doll a voice earlier today. I can’t have her thinking it’s okay to be fat and if it’s okay for her doll to be fat, then where is the line drawn? I was going to sign her up for a local pageant next spring. Mattel is ruining our chances of Hayden being Miss Westlake 2016.
The cover of TIME Magazine read, “‘Now can we stop talking about my body?’ What Barbie’s New Shape Says About American Beauty.” Hayden needs to know her body is the most important part of who she is. It should be the only part of her anyone ever talks about. Barbie might be an astronaut, a teacher, a pilot and a mom, but does it matter if she isn’t a thin version of all of those things?
Barbie doll creator, Ruth Handler, who originally based Barbie’s body on a German prostitute gag gift doll called Lilli, should be reconsidering turning back to the original dimensions right about now. Maybe a Lilli doll could save my sweet Hayden from a life of obesity.
Illustration by Risha Sanikommu