I played with matchbox cars, so now I want wheel implants.
Sorry, but I think people forget that we think about things in ways children just can't. The brain doesn't finish developing until you're about 25, imagine how much is still missing for the 5-8 year olds actually playing with these. Things we see as complicated can be really simple for children. The giraffe in the fridge questions, anyone? Kids these days are way too technologically involved, if I had a kid that'd rather play with a Barbie, than a tablet I'd say absolutely! There's worse things for kids to get themselves into than a funny looking doll. The things that will shape their self worth are the real people around them, mostly their PARENTS, not the toys they chop the hair off of.
Things like this also get blamed for eating disorders which completely undermines those illnesses, and sets back researching real causes. "Oh, just eat, you don't have to look like Barbie." How condescending is that?! To Hades with Barbie! These people are suffering an emotional disease and you're blaming a DOLL? Not the people who told them they weren't good enough, the parents that ignored or abandoned them, the depression they're suffering. Those are just examples, but you get my point. Trivializing illnesses by blaming toys makes people understand people dealing with it less, and makes people suffering from EDs not want help because they're not taken seriously.
WOW -- So impressive. I wish I had the money to invest in Lammily. I am very impressed. As a mother, my daughter wasted so many tears on her body image, and she was perfect. She wanted to be like Barbie, and after a slight period of anorexia, she achieved it. She even dressed like Barbie for Halloween. I'll post that picture on my profile page. Go LAMMILY !!!!!
Congratulations! You have just recreated the "Jill" doll, who was many young girls favorite tiny doll before Barbie and Matell took over and crushed the competition.
When Barbie came out, I thought she was weird. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want her for their doll. Skinny and stiff, with pointed toes no woman could walk on, I much preferred my "Jill". "Jill" was shorter, like her regular girl. Her knees bent. Her feet could walk. She had cute clothes. She was the first doll I ever saw who actually had breasts, but they were regular, normal breasts, like those of all the grown-up women I knew.
But I grew out of dolls and "Barbie", much to my surprise, took over the tiny doll market. My "Jill" doll got tossed out with my other toys. But I never forgot her. She was a real doll that looked like a real woman. "Barbie" is some man's distorted image of what a woman should look like. Why some male designer thought tall, skinny, and stiff, with oversized breasts, was better than what real women look like will forever be a mystery to me.
I never owned a "Barbie" and I never bought one for a little girl. Even at age 11, I knew she was a freak. I still think so. I don't know - although it would be interesting to find out - how Matell was able to take over the tiny doll market, and sell this weird looking doll when there were prettier, more realistic dolls available, like my "Jill" doll.
Once the competition was eliminated, anyone who wanted a little doll had to buy a "Barbie". All those other little dolls passed out of common knowledge, except by those of us born in the late 40's, who remember them.
Congratulations on the recreation of "Jill". May she be joined by many more Lamiliys!
People can't really accurately say that they didn't want to look like Barbie, because the message is more of a subconscious one and what is in front of a childs face will most certainly affect their perception. This new doll is great and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
I love this idea and this doll! She looks so real...and she has realistic feet! I have to say I am rather surprised at the number of negative comments, especially the woman who said she wouldn't want her granddaughter to aspire to be like the "heavier doll!" Yes, Barbie is "just a doll", but together with "it's just a magazine cover", and "they're just fashion models", and "it's just an (anorectic) ballerina" and "it's just an animated video image of a female character", you don't think all of this creates an unrealistic image of a "normal woman" for young children? This doll looks healthy, strong and fit. Isn't that a better model for our children? My only recommendation to this young man is "Change the name!"
I commend the artist for creating a more realistically proportioned Barbie but Barbie has been an icon for over 50 years. Did anyone see the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated that was released in California. It was a picture of Barbie in an updated black and white swimsuit and was entitled "Unapologetic." It is good to have a choice when selecting a doll, but don't take away or bash an icon.
I'm reading all the posts and there is a lot of controversy. I happen to be doing a presentation for Sociology on how things are portrayed through the media and my friend and I chose Body Image as our topic. I do think there should be a choice, but I also thought Skipper was the more natural alternative to Barbie. I like this doll because it portrays a more normal/average body image. Nobody is replacing Barbie, he is offering an alternative doll that looks healthy and fit. Seriously people, Barbie does not look fit, she is scrawny. Yes, Barbie is just a doll, but some girls ARE affected adversely by her unrealistic image. Men and women both are attracted to these images of hard, tight bodies and big boobs and we don't realize what we say out loud might affect the young minds listening to us. Some girls naturally look like Barbie and some do not. Some boys get fit and bulk easier and some have trouble gaining weight. Some play with Barbie and she is just a doll to them, but other girls play with her and it affects them negatively, for whatever reason, they want to look like her. Negative body image is really a psychological issue that needs to be corrected.
I do believe it is the parents, family members and teachers responsibility to promote a healthy lifestyle and if they forsee an issue evolving they need to be proactive in correcting that. Who is teaching our young ones (boys included because they are affected as well) to live a healthy lifestyle? Go outside and run around, choose healthy alternatives instead of sugary foods and fatty fast food. If we live a healthy lifestyle, it is inevitable that we will be fit. It is not cool to be overweight and near death and it isn't cool to be severely underweight and near death. We need to find that happy medium, whatever that is, and be happy with it AND teach our children the same thing.
I'm glad there will be a choice. I was 12 when Barbie appeared on the scene - too old for dolls. But I do remember as a younger child searching for a doll that looked like me - one with BROWN eyes. There weren't any. Not one! So while I was never influenced by Barbie's measurements, dolls did tell me what people believed to be beautiful. So I do understand and applaud the effort of this toy designer.
I used to play with Barbie myself but when I was growing up and had no problem. Buit I also was not overexposed to images of perfect, skinny women all over the place. I had the tv (which I wasn't glued to) and magazines (I mainly read Seventeen--which did feature normal looking teens). Nowadays, everywhere you turn, a young girl is exposed to what the ideal is--and that "ideal" is unrealistic. So kudos to this guy for creating this. There are too many girls dying to be perfect.
I think it is time for people to realize that all these airbrushed, photo shopped women are NOT real. There is no one on the face of the earth that looks like Barbie. The images that are presented to our young girls and women are all impossible to achieve with out major plastic surgery and a few weeks on a stretcher machine (think medieval torture device. If your child aspires to be a "Barbie" she will spend her whole life feeling sad and defeated. With the many eating disorders that abound now of days it should be painfully obvious that these FAKE body images are extremely unhealthy for girls. And they also make men think they are ever going to find a woman like the ones they see in media and fashion magazines. I have thought for many years that we need to work to protect our children from setting goals that are impossible to achieve. I would buy these dolls for every little girl I know!
Although I'm sure Barbie can use a tweak here and there, let's be real. It's not the doll's responsibility to promote a healthy image of oneself. That belongs to the parents. We can include teachers and pretty much anyone. Doll's can't even speak for crying out loud! However, look at the parents. There's very many mom's and dad's that have terrible eating habits. Their just passing along their bad habits to their children. If it takes a doll to help children know what it looks like to be healthy, well, that's just sad, but if it works, then so be it.
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