delightedly (delightedly) wrote in ontd_feminism,

barbie's boobs spark controversy

Barbie has always been known for her curves - but a new doll from Mattel is upping the ante, much to some parents' consternation.

The Barbie "Back to Basics" collection is a new line of Barbie dolls dressed in stylish cocktail attire: little black dresses, off-the-shoulder frocks and tiny strapless numbers. But one doll in the line is grabbing all the attention: No. 10, who's quickly earned the nickname "Busty Barbie."

The African-American doll sports a knee-length black dress with long sleeves and a deep, plunging neckline - revealing bowling-ball cleavage that would make one of Tiger Woods' mistresses jealous.

Some parents have expressed concern about letting their daughters play with a doll who seems to be encouraging the fake-breasted stripper look.

"I don't want [my daughter] to think she has to be this, you know, busty Barbie who's constantly wearing heels and these low-cut shirts," Minnesota mom Andie Whitaker told NBC's WPTV. "And that's really the image I think a doll that you're going to buy for a child is portraying."

"I don't want my baby growing up to think Heidi [Montag] is her role model," another parent wrote to Examiner.com.

While some of Mattel's Barbie creations are clearly meant for adult collectors and priced accordingly, the Back to Basics Barbies retail for a kid-friendly $19.99 and are sold at national chains such as Target.

Target has said it will continue to carry the Back to Basics line. Mattel has so far refused comment.

In the meantime, Barbie? You might want to invest in a nice cardigan.

source (with video) + second source

I'm interested in seeing what you all think of this - the comments in the second source page got me thinking, as most of them decried the parents for being overly concerned with a plastic doll, and the second woman in the video channelled this attitude as well. Are Barbie's boobs a real influence on girls and should they be more properly/realistically sized, or is the fact there's so much controversy over just a piece of plastic indicative of a bigger ignorance to the real manifestation of self-image/esteem issues in girls? I'm leaning towards the second.

Tags: body image, parenting
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