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Seriously! It's just ridiculous, since she doesn't have genitals anyways, and all painting over it does is reinforce the age-old ideas pushed upon women by religion and the freaking Bronze Age, to get ashamed about your womanly body. It's your body! You are supposed to have those bits! They are supposed to turn men on! You should be teaching to be proud of it, not to paint over it!
You're showing too much leg...
People are really doing this? That's bizarre. Not this post, but the fact that this post is necessary. Sad.
OMG people it's a doll ... you know a toy...remeber playing?????
really? i am a teenage girl and i know so many boys that struggle every day to stay out of these thoughts why wouldnt we try to be modest and cover it up a bit? do what is desirable in your brothers eyes thats what it says in the Bible! Barbies are no different!
You are welcome to your beliefs, let others have theirs.
Toni, if it was just other people having their beliefs, I wouldn't care so much. But the dolls are a part of a culture that is being pushed on my family and my little girls, because I live in a conservative area. Even when they were little babies and toddlers, I'd get comments about modesty when I put them in tank tops. Like a 3-year-old could be immodest!
Others will not let me have my beliefs when it comes to "modesty." They want to teach my girls that it is their responsibility to keep the boys' thoughts "pure." I say that attitude is incredibly damaging to women, not to mention boys, who are being taught that natural, uncontrollable reactions are wicked. The poor girls are being taught that it is not even natural for them to have such reactions, and that if the boys want to have sex with them, it is the girls' fault! That's the kind of thinking that led to burqas. No, I can't just let others have their beliefs without saying something. Not when it's affecting my family.
Hear, hear! @Heidi Doggett!
It's not her nakedness that gives girls body image issues. It is important to be healthy. Body image issues come from the media, and the child's environment. A parent should be supportive of there child and always make sure they know they are perfect just the way they are
Well said Heidi, why is it if a girl has a normal, healthy sexual appetite and isn't ashamed or self-conscious of her body, she is deemed to be of low moral fibre, branded a sinner/slut/whore etc. I want my daughter to grow up comfortable and confident in who she is and what
Wow, & Barbie still makes a stir
is this real? can someone please explain the marking the dolls thing?
It goes both ways, I'm just saying be the bigger person. I understand where you are coming from. I have had friends in the position of your daughters. I try to look at what someone else believes and if they are living inacordence good for them. I am far from being perfect, and I won't be painting Barbies if I have a daughter, mine weren't, the point is that no one should be overly harsh and say judge a person wearing a tank top who doesn't see a problem with tank tops. There is a time and a place, unless you have personal/religious reasons not to. There is also a limit. It use to be if your swimming suite covered it keep it covered, but in my opinion, that is getting smaller then I care to see. We need to look at all sides as there is more than two. We all need to be more respectful of each other and those who believe differently. It is sad that some people are treated poorly for the way they dress, or because they are not "like me."
It's something that has been going around on Pinterest and on mom blogs lately. People are saying they find the naked dolls immodest or annoying, and painting on swimsuits so they will always be covered. Or pinning pictures of the painted suits and saying it's a great idea. I think it's not a great idea, so I've decided to point out a few of the reasons why.
And yes, this image is real. It's one of the pictures being pinned and re-pinned, and it comes from a blog. I don't mean to attack the blogger personally at all and hope other people will continue to refrain from doing the same.
it's about shame, toni. just because some people are ashamed of their own bodies, doesn't mean everyone has to be. this barbie thing is truly ridiculous. heidi, if i lived in your neighborhood, i'd let my kids run around the front yard nude. just to freak out the crazy conservatives.
I would just not buy barbies, I guess... Seems like you're oversexualizing something that should Not be looked at as sexual by naked shaming a doll (it is a toy for little girls) Sure, her body is a caricature of a feminine figure but it's not like she has nipples or an anatomically correct vagina! Seems crazy, thank you for clarifying. Thanks, Heidi.
yeah, what about the ken dolls?
Mattel already desexualized them by omitting vaginas and nipples, so...
you'd have to be pretty uptight to still feel the need to unsex them. Psycho moms....
Technically Barbie was invented after a couple travelling abroad saw a doll that was very popular-based off a well known prostitute. Mattel bought the rights later in the story. Its not about being ashamed of one's body, its about not using it for adveritising
Again, why purchase said "whore doll" if you are against such things?
*advertising* space in a hyper- sexualized society full of people that live to please their personal lusts only. That said, I had never seen a sharpie barbie until now and I once lived in those Uber strict circles! Frankly i just don't like telling my girls that this is remotely what they need to look like, and we would all rather be playing ball or riding bikes than playing barbie anyway! I buried my barbies under a tree, upside down, years ago as they freaked me out! And i hated those shoes !
I've always felt that nudity in dolls, like classical art, are a good way to introduce children to the idea that nudity can be non sexual and that bodies are beautiful which is why we need modesty. I feel that gives them a better understanding of modesty than simply covering everything that could possibly show.
Heidi's creation of this meme is not about curtailing other's beliefs - it's about expressing a counter-argument against a practice that many, many women find just as dangerous and damaging to both girls and boys as those who are covering the Barbies in the first place.
There's a difference between modesty and covering up parts of your body just because men might become aroused by it.
wow really people.. it's a doll... just a doll... my daughter has several barbies, ken, and some that are Disney style barbies... she dresses them... she likes fashion stuff... but never once have I heard her compare her body to Barbie ... she also has all the Barbie DVDs ... good moral stories about friendship ... lighten up folks it's a doll
To be honest at first glance I thought this was some kind of Barbie fetish photo. It looks like a latex body suit now she just needs a whip!
I thought the same thing danielle! Lol
As a true never nude, Barbie should wear a pair of cutoff denim shorts under all of her clothing. ;)
OMG did no one get the Arrested Development reference in this....
If you want them not be body conscious.. Bring them to a beach to see real people with lives, scars and wrinkles or to Cirque d Solais to show it's awesome power used to its full potential.. far away from the barbie image or TV versions of 'beautiful'. That should affirm that all bodies come in different shapes and sizes and their bodies are not to be ashamed of and it's not all about sex. First and foremost don't be ashamed of your own body and your child will learn from this.
i used to UNDRESS the barbies when i was little lol and i'm not some sex crazed teenager
I taught my young granddaughters barbies were evil, teaching them induldance and matialistic behavior. Could not wait untill the brothers broke off the bar bies heads off. Which they did with out me saying any thing. They are all normal adults now. Still hate barbies.