Today many moms don't approve Barbie for their little girls. Not even bags which have barbies on them.
They want their girls to have Dora bags or anything else, but not her. I even heard that in 1995 Saudi Arabia banned the sale and purchasing of Barbies because it violated strict dress code for women
Poor she !
I asked my neighbor who shopped with me for her daughter's school bag and stationary, who just started school. According to her a bag with barbie will have a negative influence on her.
Total monkey shit.
Barbies are just doll... a plastic dolls for girls to play. Nothing more, nothing else. Kids don't see her boobs, curves or makeup. It is adults whose minds are dirty. They stares at her boobs, not small kids in a way like this toy is for them to play.
Kids play with them, and get over with they once they hit 12-13. This is parents who are creating fuss over her. Kids have no idea what body is or what beauty concepts are. OK, they know but still they don't give hoot about it, because in their minds they are just playing with them, and those plastic toys are DOLLS. They don't care whether their dolls are black, fat or hijabi. I my self had so many Barbies, even china made fake Barbies, local plastic dolls and my friends had too. We played with them so many games, stitched their dresses, did their weddings with teddy bears, if we were short of Kens.
Those were good days. Parents of our generation were not freaks. Their main focus was doing good parenting, not bitching about her. In long term it panned out had no such psychological effect that me or any of my friend wanted to be like her. It is not Barbie who wants girls to be thin, it is their personal choice. Kids learn from home, society, environment, peers etc, etc. When they see their mom is doing dieting, they pick body concept from there.
I never heard 6 or 9 year old girl saying I want to be like a Barbie when they grow up. Kids are not that dumb. They love to dress up like spider man, superman, Barbie or princes because this is what they like at that certain age. Once they grow up they get over with them. It is adults who are obsessed with her. They are doing researches and exploring her.
And still if there are gals who really really want to be like, must have some chemical loocha in their brains.
Or if this is a case then I will let my daughter to play with her. I will want her to have influence on her. At least she will be like Barbie, not some dumbo Dora who does not know where the keys are, or what comes after G.