Barbie Designer Blames Parents For Their Daughters' Body Image Issues, Not The Dolls
The backlash over Barbie's body continues.
When Mattel designer Kim Culmone defended the doll's ridiculous proportions in an interview with Fast Company, her comments renewed the debate over which toxic influence — be it parents, the media, or pre-teen-targeted toys (like Barbie or various iPhone apps) — is poisoning young girls's perception of body image the most.
As Culmone said to Fast Co.:
Scholars aren't so quick to agree, though. Although a University of Sussex study indicated that young women exposed to the Barbie doll did exhibit lower self-esteem and a greater desire to be thin, a different report from Dr. Leslie Slim of the Mayo Clinic defends Culmone's general position that mothers are the biggest influencers in a daughter's self-image issues (or lack thereof).
Regardless of whose side you're on, I hope we can all agree that the Barbie is a bit too unrealistic. If you'd like your kids someday to play with a more natural and healthy-looking doll, keep an eye out for Nickolay Lamm's hopefully-upcoming Kickstarter.
He designed a Barbie knock-off using a real teen's measurements, and it's looking pretty damn good.
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