So this is what progress looks like, we suppose. Toy maker Mattel has released new body styles and ethnicities for its Barbie line of dolls. There’s a short one, a tall one, a chubby one; all with different skin tones and eye colors. wow. Now, don’t get us wrong, diversity is great, but so is responsible parenting.
For several decades, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an impossible body standard to girls, while no one seems to care that parents have allowed a toy to become a role model. Who are these people grumbling about a doll, anyway? And where exactly are these girls who are so traumatized by Barbie?
But we digress.
Mattel appears to have created the new dolls in response to double-digit losses in sales, although experts say that the downturn is most likely due to the rise in popularity of electronics and games, and a decline in doll interest in general (by the way, have you seen what the characters in most electronic games look like?).
The very interesting social experiment is what will become of the children. If they played with dolls that look like this …
… and still end up looking like this …
… what will happen when they get their hands on those chubby toys? But maybe it won’t make any difference. After all, boys have been playing with G.I. Joes for decades, and they still look like: