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Nachtengel
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 02:18 PM
West Virginia Lawmaker Wants Barbie Banned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Just in time for Barbie's 50th birthday, a West Virginia lawmaker wants to outlaw the doll.

Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge is proposing to ban the sale of the Mattel doll and others like her in West Virginia.

He says the dolls influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

He joins others who have criticized the doll over the years for promoting materialism and an unnatural body image.

Barbie turns 50 on March 9, and the toy maker has made big plans this year to mark the anniversary.

http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/40733392.html

RoyBatty
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 02:21 PM
While Barbie is a bit idiotic banning it would be equally stupid.

It would be better if people could be educated to realise that there's more to life than materialism and the obsession with appearance and to let them then make their own decisions on what toys to buy their children and what things in life they want to aspire to.

Bärin
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Barbie is much more decent compared to the garbage manufactured today. Like Bratz dolls:

http://z.about.com/d/collectdolls/1/5/l/V/SteppinOut.Group.jpg

Sissi
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 02:56 PM
I can see the argument against materialism and indecency, although some Barbie dolls come in ethnic versions so they could have a small educational role.

Austrian Barbie doll

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1080/austrianlgr1.jpg

I do think their bodies are unrealistically looking. I prefer the traditional ethnic dolls.

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1404/430832p.jpg

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/2115/hansk.jpg

Horagalles
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 02:56 PM
Personally I don't care about barbie dolls and if I had daughters I most likely won't buy one for them. Banning barbie dolls is however really silly, because people should still chose what they want to buy and what not. This social engineering attitude let's me suspect another answer to the following remark made to the article:

Posted by: Michelle Location: Plymouth on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:08 AM</I>
WOW, another way to waste taxpayer money and get your name in the paper! So, I guess WV's worst problem is that a doll is a bad influence on girls?
Given that barbie doll is White I suspect that this is the real concern and that the delegate wants to score some points with civil rights groups.

Bärin
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 03:03 PM
Given that barbie doll is White I suspect that this is the real concern and that the delegate wants to score some points with civil rights groups.
Blond hairs, blue eyes... Barbie must definitely be racist. :D

But I'm sure I saw some colored Barbie dolls too. Oh, yes, here:
http://www.kattisdolls.net/faces/bethnic.htm

Most of them have Europid features though despite the color.

And Barbie dolls involved in miscegenation. :mad

http://halfgeek.net/weblog/image/barbieromance.jpg

Nachtengel
Sunday, March 8th, 2009, 03:14 PM
There was even a neo-Nazi Barbie.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y264/biancalewis/neobarbie.jpg

:D

Here's something interesting, Barbie shares the same name with a SS-Hauptsturmführer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Barbie). For some people, that's offensive and racist. :P


Upon searching wikipedia, i have found out that "Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts". "Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959"
"Klaus Barbie (October 25, 1913 – September 25, 1991) was an SS-Hauptsturmführer (rank approximately equivalent to army captain), soldier and Gestapo member. He was known as the Butcher of Lyon."
"On July 4, 1987, Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, and died in jail in Lyon of leukemia four years later, at the age of 77."

Question, for those who lived or know what it was like back then.. when you have such a war criminal as Klaus Barbie, is it ok to invent a doll named after(or at least bearing the identical family name of) that person? People must have knows about him, it was all in the papers. Was it like a mockery? although, if you invent right now dolls named Saddam, not most children would even touch them.. I really don't get it, how come they are so popular, with such a controversial name? thank you.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090226103715AANojN5

:nope

Blood_Axis
Monday, March 9th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Here's something interesting, Barbie shares the same name with a SS-Hauptsturmführer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Barbie). For some people, that's offensive and racist. :P

Haven't you seen this already? :D

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