I see girls like this every day, and they’re beautiful. But for me as a little girl, the appeal of Barbie was that she WASN’T like the people I saw everyday. She was scary beautiful, but not something I wanted to be, because at the end of the day, she was a DOLL, and I knew it. It just helped to separate my play time, make it easier to be more imaginative and outside of the box in my play- I didn’t see her and think “I’m going to send my doll to school; Barbie’s got to pay taxes today; Skipper’s going to clean her room!”
Barbie’s fabulous as is; the inferiority problems with 90% of the girls I know stem from their dealings with misogynistic guys. (Don’t get angry, I know not all guys are like that, but male perceptions tend to be overall much more sexist when we’re growing up, don’t lie and say they aren’t. While many girls don’t have guy friends, we know there are guys who line us up and RATE us. It’s [disgusting] common practice in my school.)
We need to change the way we educate men before we go on an all out rampage against Barbie.