Friday, March 21, 2014

Growing in Grace: The Good, The Bad, and The Barbie, By Kate G.

Growing in Grace: The Good, The Bad, and The Barbie, By Kate G.

Short on time today? Head on down to the bottom of the post for a video that condenses some of the things I’m mentioning today.  But otherwise, lets continue on: 

Did you grow up playing with Barbie dolls? You know, those little, perfect figurine-type hunk of plastics…

Barbie’s, simply put, set impossible, unrealistic standards. One of the websites I was looking at said it well: This children’s toy was first debut in 1959, and she was the ideal role model for all girls, or so it seemed. She was perfectly skinny, had a perfect boyfriend and family, perfect hair, perfect house, perfectly… perfect. Yet how was this perfect doll impacting the millions of young girls (older girls, too!) who were playing with her?

This is the clear effects: It’s estimated that 8 million people in the United States has an eating disorder, and only 10-15% of them are male. Which leaves the 85- 90% of them to be female. And 80% of those females are under the age of 20.

How? you ask. Why? Well, besides the point that no real lady (2014 – 1959 = 55) in her fifties should look that young, with perfect skin, not a single blemish at all, it’s important to note that the figurines have horribly wrong proportions!

People argue over whether her life-size body would 5’ 6” or the extreme 6’ 8”, but let’s face it, when you add in her weight- the “Slumber Party Barbie” came complete with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 pounds- she is significantly underweight.

Just look at her: Her larger head rest  on a neck twice as long and six inches thinner. Her 16-inch waist,  thinner than her head, wouldn’t give room for her organs. And like her fragile 3.5 inch wrists, her 6-inch ankles and child shoe-size 3 feet, would prevent her from standing….It'd be an entirely impossible feat requiring her to walk on all fours, her head, as a real woman, would be impossible to lift. (You can see more comparison data here.)

You see, neither normal folk, models, or anorexics can have a body that set at “Barbie Standards”, you wouldn’t even want one. The ones that seem to be, as in media, are photo-shopped and fake!

 You can refer also here to see biblical scriptures on the topic.

And finally, here you are with a question and that video I mentioned: What messages did/does Barbie send to you?

Thank you, Kate for guest writing for us today! Check out Kate's site, Growing in Grace! 

Have a great first week of Spring!


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