Barbie’s got a new body; tall, curvy, plump and petite. Why do the masses demand that the doll named Barbie must reflect a real woman? She is a doll after all and she is a doll for children to play with not adults. So why does the input from an adult matter?
Mattel’s issue was with shrinking sales. Barbie haters will always be but why should Barbie haters opinions ever come into play? No kidding women have un-Barbie-like bodies, but when was the line crossed that said that woman’s bodies must reflect Barbie’s or vice versa? It is like telling your children that what is on television is not real. Well, at least there used to be a day when that was true. In present day television where “Reality TV” rules the populace a new kind of reality is taking over.
Toys versus the real world. The importance of playing is crucial to children’s learning and development. They learn how to solve problems, get along with each other and to think flexibly. Nowhere in that realm is child’s play about her body type or the fact that her body type is different than the other child on the street or in her or his home. Playing is simpler than that. They learn negotiation and to balance ideas with those of their playmates. Like today’s cartoons full of sarcasm and adult motivation, it has nothing to do with the way a child comprehends playing.
The adults are crossing boundaries they should not be crossing. Before there were plastic dolls with hair and body’s that matched skin color there were rag dolls. Low tech stimulates the imagination. Adults need to stop imposing their own issues and invading children’s play. Adults are so far removed from the aspect of what play is considered or used to be. Playing used to be removed from mass markets and media, as so where children.
Freedom for exploration. Children need time to be children. A child plays with their imagination, not with the toy. A child would prefer a rag doll up against a doll that is dressed-to-the-nines. It leaves more room for play to play with the doll that is less than perfect. Like a set of tarot cards to the person who is intuitive, it is just a starting point. The kids and their imagination call upon their own creative ideas with great joy for what the doll or baby doll is to be. The child’s own thought or feeling are potentials for their own self or are at least capable or raising themselves up to, from imagination to action.
If we take the doll and make them common to the adult world with negative labels on body type images of a doll then the mind of the child is dragged down and so is play. It becomes adult fodder for adults to bring their annoying artificial opinions to, in other words it is taking the extraordinary out of child’s play. Child’s play that is full of ideas that can change the world. The idea of playing is learning to think for yourself. It is where children find their own voice. Some adults never find this voice due to leading lives of quiet desperation due to an over invasive parenting. Don’t resign a child playing with a doll to it, break out.