Is the New Barbie too Busty?


Some parents have become outraged with the design of the new Mattel Barbie. Parents say with the new fashion, these dolls are baring too much skin and have much more accentuated features. Parents are worried that their little girls will feel pressured into resembling these dolls. It is obvious that style, fashion and lifestyles have changed since the introduction of the original Barbie doll in 1959.

1959 Barbie     2010 Barbie

    

 Style has been a parental concern for the past several years. The more years that pass, the smaller clothes get. And with smaller clothes come the desire to look better. Appearance has evolved dramatically. Every little girl wonders what they will look like when they develop and are curious as to what it is like to have fully formed parts. Children are exposed more to TV and being in the public than they are to a doll. A small girl can walk down the street and see a woman with fake breasts and wonder more so about them than if she saw them on a plastic doll.

Though Mattel has frequently developed dolls that have larger waists sizes and small bust sizes, there is still much more appeal to be had for the “unrealistic” dolls. The dolls that are 11.5 inches, which, at a 1/6 scale, would make her 5 feet 9 inches tall with a 36-in. bust, 18-in. waist, and 33-in. hips (according to The New York Times). A university study showed that with Barbie’s completely unrealistic body size, she would lack the necessary body fat to even menstruate.

I feel that it is a legit concern for parents to harbour but who says every child plays with Barbie. If you, as a parent, do not want your child exposed to this “busty” doll then simply do not buy it for them. Developing self-worth and respect come from the way you are raised and what lifestyle you are brought up in, not what doll you play with.

Is this what parents are concerned about? Then turn off the TV because this is what they are exposed to…

Heidi Montag from MTV’s hit shows, Laguna Beach, The Hills and The City, and a recent Playboy model.

 

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