Body Image And Barbie

Growing up, I had plenty of Barbies. I had Barbie, her sister Skipper, friend Kira, and of course, boyfriend Ken. I loved my dolls, and took good care of them. I was always a little confused about Barbie’s feet as they were constantly pointed, ready for some stiletto heels. I don’t think that Barbie dolls are necessarily the best toy for young girls, especially if one is considering how body image factors into it.

While many people may see Barbie as beautiful, she is unrealistic. It is almost impossible to look like Barbie; if I changed my body so that I had her measurements, I would not menstruate. Dying To Be Barbie points out that by the time girls reach high school, 10% will have an eating disorder already. They also note that 4 out of 5 kids fear being fat.

Barbie and Demi Lovato. Photo courtesy of Starcasm

As a result of this, singer and actress Demi Lovato has proposed making a Barbie that is more realistic. She even tweeted Mattel to let them know, saying “1 of my biggest dreams, having collected Barbies since I was a kid, is to have my own Barbie BUT with my actual body type… Weight & height.” Additionally, she thinks a doll with cellulite should be on the market.

A quick trip over to Twitter showed that plenty of friends and fans of Demi would buy the doll by the dozens. I love the idea of having a Barbie with different body types. Would you buy the Barbie if it was put on the toy shelves?

Demi is on Twitter, and so are we. Find us @MySexProfessor, and find Holly, the author of this post, @ItsHollyAgain

About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.