But I still get "it". What message is she sending? What is she conditioning young girls to? (Just an aside, Raggedy Ann is not very realistic either, nor a body image I aspire to. Ooh, I hear the sighs. Well, pretty much ALL doll images are not realistic, realistically. And my daughters think their stuffed cats and bears are babies anyway -- is it all supposed to be realistic?) Anyway, these days Barbie has gotten a boob reduction and many of the new dolls come with some big, broad feet (we have surfer Malibu Barbies and let me tell you, my girls are NOT excited that their feet don't fit into the high heels). Barbie is still thin and smooth and too perfect. And she is a DOLL!
Okay, so have I justified enough? No. I know I haven't. The MAIN reason my girls have and will have Barbies is because... okay... I love Barbies. Or, I loveD Barbies. I cannot imagine my childhood without them. Like, favorite toy? Ever? Yeah. Hours upon happy hours playing with them.
Okay, so that is all about WHY we have Barbies in the first place -- not the point of my post!
Here at my house, Barbie is a babywearer! And she has apparently adopted a pig!
This is almost exactly how I found my 3-year old's Barbie tonight when I was cleaning up. The wrap/sling was made, by Gregorie, from a sample of cloth sent to me by an Etsy seller. The pig was, when I found him, tucked in a little tighter to the boobs but I turned his face so you could all see him. Actually, the pig is probably a she since my girls have gender issues and all things they love are girls. Other than Daddy. And Traveler the Cat. And Monkey Bunny. And Poppy. And Odin and Wyatt.
I think they need a Ken.