Happy Birthday Barbie!
She turns 50 this year. I never had a Barbie doll, poor me. I guess that would be because I was much too old for a doll 50 years ago. I did see all the commercials for Barbie, her town house, her job, and of course, Ken. She has had several careers as an astronaut, paleontologist, teacher, surgeon, veterinarian, dentist, fashion model, flight attendant, etc. In fact, she has done it all.
Originally, she was just a doll from Malibu. Then came the women's movement with pressure for Barbie to have a career. The people at Mattel came out with new Barbies covering any career you could imagine. Of course, all the accessories were extra.
Little girls loved her And they knew she wasn't real, she was a toy. That's why the proposal of Jeff Eldridge, a delegate in West Virginia is so ridiculous. Mr. Eldridge would like to ban the sale of Barbie in West Virginia because the doll tacitly urges its young owners to place undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual developments. That would put West Virginia in the company of such countries as Iran and Saudi Arabia which has banned Barbie for her revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools.
I wonder about Mr Eldridge. He has also introduced a bill that would legalize tournaments featuring mixed martial arts - kicking, punching, elbowing, wrestling, kneeing and slamming - to bring more revenue into the state. If Mr. Eldridge thinks Barbie influences girls, how does he think mixed martial arts will influence children?