Okay, I’ll weigh in on the new Barbie bodies…

A few weeks ago, Mattel introduced their line of Fashionistas that includes new bodies they call Curvy, Petite, Tall, and Original. I’ve been repeatedly asked my opinion of this announcement. Out of sheer exhaustion, I’ve decided to post my opinion. Let it be known that: I am over the moon about it. The body variety…

OPINION: Tracking Racial Self-Worth

My plan has always been to track my daughter’s perception of racial self-worth through her barbie-play. In other words, instead of waiting for that Mamie and Kenneth Clark moment when I sit looking horrified as I find out my kid either hates herself or has some other twisted conception of race and worth, I always wanted…

OPINION: Barbie-play for teaching Empathy

Empathy is the ability to say, “How does that person feel?” and later, “If I say what I am thinking, how will it make my friend feel?” and even later, “How can I convey what I am thinking in a way that will not seem ignorant or engender defensiveness and anger, but instead move our…

OPINION: Someone Needs to create an Anti-Barbie

You know instead of just complaining about how anorexic or plastic-ly surgery-ied BBBBarbie is, someone should just develop a full-figured or at least reasonably figured “barbie” and unseat BBBBarbie forever. I wonder how often this thought has been thunk. Based on my research, the answer is: Often. Several times people have actually followed through on…

OPINION: Why barbies are better than a $200/hr therapist

There is a class of therapeutic techniques that psychologists and counselors refer to as “play therapy”. The basic idea is that children’s language skills and meta-cognitive abilities are not developed enough for them to talk about experiences that are troubling them or that they are otherwise still attempting to process. Like, I guess I could just…

OPINION: Why barbies turn out to be a good choice for environmentalists

Barbie play could be judged more sustainable than many other kinds of play. If one measure of sustainability is the degree to which it is Reduced, Re-used and Recycled, then barbie stuff is a real winner.   FIRST: REDUCE Barbie items are much smaller than other Role-Playing and Imaginative Play toys. Especially the play kitchens, play stores,…

OPINION: Why barbies turn out to be a feminist choice

I am a feminist. I am raising my daughter to be a feminist. For some, feminism is about choices. The choice to work or stay home. The choice to have kids or remain child free. The choice to wear red lipstick or lip balm. The choice to pursue any hobby or career and not be…

My Long Lull in Barbie Playing

So I haven’t blogged in months. The plan was to start the blog, build up a respectable number of posts and then start inviting barbie enthusiasts to let me interview them. I actually stopped blogging because I wondered if I had made the right choice by introducing barbie-play to my daughter at such a young…